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Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Main (202) 544-4600
Box Office (202) 544-7077
info@folger.edu

Public Hours

Monday–Saturday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

Reading Room and Folger offices are closed on federal holidays

Box Office Hours

Monday–Saturday: 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

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Reading Room Hours

Monday–Friday: 8:45 am–4:45 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am–12:00 pm, 1:00 pm–4:30 pm

Sunday: Closed

Touring the Folger

The Folger Shakespeare Library is more than just a home for the world's largest Shakespeare collection. The main building, only a block from the US Capitol, is also a landmark in its own rightfeaturing gardens, unique works of art, and beautiful indoor spaces. We welcome visitors to tour our historic building and its grounds.

Learn more about Folger buildings and grounds

Arrange a tour of the Folger

Getting to the Folger—Public Transportation

By Metrorail (Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines, 4 blocks):
Take Metro’s Orange, Blue, or Silver Line to the Capitol South stop. Exit the Metro and walk up the hill on First Street SE, crossing C Street SE and Independence Avenue. Take a right on East Capitol Street and walk one block. The Folger is on the right, between Second and Third Streets SE.

By Metrorail (Red Line, 7 blocks):
Take Metro’s Red Line to the Union Station stop. From Union Station, walk south on First Street NE, toward the US Capitol for about five blocks. Turn left on East Capitol Street. Walk one block on East Capitol Street and cross 2nd Street SE. The Folger is on the right, between Second and Third Streets.

For more on the DC metro system, including maps and route planning assistance, please visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

By Metrobus:
Several Metrobus routes include bus stops within walking distance of the Folger, including the 32, 34, 36, 96, and 97 bus routes. 

WMATA also offers more information about buses, including maps and timetables.

By Circulator bus:
The DC Circulator's Union Station–Navy Yard line passes near the Folger on First Street and on Pennsylvania Ave. 

 

Getting to the Folger—From Out of Town

By Air:
All three of the major airports serving metropolitan Washington—Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport—offer taxi and shuttle services to downtown Washington. Washington’s subway system, Metrorail, includes a stop at Reagan National Airport. The airport stop is on the Blue and Yellow Lines. From the airport, the most direct public transit route to the Folger is the Blue Line to Capitol South. 

By Train:
Washington’s main railroad station is Union Station, about seven blocks from the Folger. Taxicabs are normally available at Union Station, and the Folger should be a short, inexpensive ride. For walking directions to the Folger from Union Station, see the public transit directions.

 

Getting to the Folger—Driving

The best way to find directions to the Folger from your specific location is to use Google Maps. But the following directions may help you avoid congested areas around the Capitol.

From Virginia:
Take Route 395 to the 14th Street Bridge. Stay in the middle lanes (do not branch left on Route 1). Continue on the expressway, passing exits for the US Capitol and South Capitol Street.
Take the exit for Sixth Street, SE. Turn left on 6th Street, headed north.
Drive about six blocks to Pennsylvania Avenue.
Turn left on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Drive three blocks to Third Street, SE.
Turn right on Third Street.
The Folger is the second building on the left. To reach the front of the building, turn left on East Capitol Street.

From Maryland:
Start from MD-295, the BaltimoreWashington Parkway. To reach Route 295 from north of the city, take Beltway Exit 22 south; to reach Route 295 from the south, take Beltway Exit 2 north

Take the MD-201 S exit toward I-295/Kenilworth Ave/Alexandria.
Merge onto MD-295 S (Crossing into the District of Columbia).
Exit from MD-295 to East Capitol Street SE and cross Anacostia River.
Circle RFK stadium (C Street, NE). Veer to the left at the fork.
As you circle the stadium, briefly merge on 22nd Street, NE,  and then make an almost immediate right on to East Capitol Street (far left lanes) leading away from the stadium.
Drive about 16 blocks on East Capitol Street.
At Lincoln Park (13th and East Capitol) drive halfway around the park and pick up East Capitol again off of 11th Street.
The Folger is the building on the left between Third and Second Streets.

From Rock Creek Parkway:
From Rock Creek Parkway, merge onto Route 395N/Southeast Expressway.
Pass the exits for the US Capitol and South Capitol Street.
Take the exit for Sixth Street, SE. Turn left on Sixth Street, headed north.
Drive about six blocks to Pennsylvania Avenue.
Turn left on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Drive three blocks to Third Street, SE.
Turn right on Third Street.
The Folger is the second building on the left. To reach the front of the building, turn left on East Capitol Street.

From Massachusetts Avenue:
Take Massachusetts Avenue past Union Station, traveling east.
Turn right on Fourth Street, NE.
Drive about five blocks.
Turn right on East Capitol Street.
The Folger is on the left side of East Capitol Street between Second and Third Streets.

 

Parking at the Folger

The Folger does not have a visitor parking lot, and only limited street parking is available in the surrounding area. The Folger recommends taking public transportation when attending events.

The parking meters closest to the Folger have a 2-hour limit and are enforced until 10 pm Monday through Saturday. Limited unmetered street parking is available on residential streets near the Folger. Please read the parking signs carefully should you choose to park in an unmetered area. Allow ample time to find a parking space.

On weekdays, paid parking may be available at the National Capital Bank on Pennsylvania Avenue, near Third Street. Paid parking is also available at Union Station, a short taxi ride from the Folger.

Visitors displaying the international symbol of accessibility may park in three spaces on East Capitol Street just before Third Street, outside the Elizabethan Theatre entrance. To reserve one of these accessible spaces for use during a performance, please call the Folger Box Office ahead of time at (202) 544-7077.