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 Paster 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. 

Join us for Folger Fridays, a series of free lectures and special events on select Friday evenings during the run of Folger Theatre performances.  

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.