Exhibitions

Opening March 19th

Curated By National Maritime Museum, London
Mar 19 – Aug 23, 2015
Great Hall - Free

Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude, produced by the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, celebrates the 300th anniversary of the British Longitude Act of 1714, which offered a huge reward for any practical way to determine longitude at sea. The longitude problem was so difficult that—despite the reward—it took five decades to solve it. Among its highlights are clockmaker John Harrison's H4 marine timekeeper, the culmination of his life's work; astronomical tables developed by Nevil Maskelyne, the Astronomer Royal; paintings from Captain Cook's Pacific voyages; and more.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Great Hall - Free

The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays and is the only source for 18 of his plays, which might otherwise have been lost. One of the Folger's many First Folios, along with a touchscreen display, is on permanent display in the Great Hall.

Past Exhibitions

Exhibitions at the Folger open fascinating windows onto Shakespeare’s life and times, including a range of topics involving the early modern period. But they also highlight the outsize influence of Shakespeare’s work through the centuries, up to our present day. While current exhibitions are highlighted here, the Folger's past exhibitions offer ongoing information and resources for visitors and researchers. To see a list of past exhibitions and their associated content, visit Folgerpedia.