Free at the Folger

We offer a wide variety of free events and programs for visitors, including major public exhibitions and numerous family programs. Every April, look for our biggest annual public event, Shakespeare's Birthday Open House.

Daily tours of the extraordinary Folger building, usually including the Elizabethan Theatre, are available year-round. Saturdays include an additional tour of the Folger Reading Room—otherwise reserved for researchers—and its magnificent Seven Ages of Man stained-glass window, which is visible only from inside the room. In warmer months, look for free herbal tours of the Elizabethan Garden, too. 

Check the description of free family programs, talks, and special events to see if you need to register in advance; some require reservations due to limited space.