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The Folger Shakespeare Library, established on Capitol Hill in 1932 as a gift to the American people, is home to the world’s largest collection of First Folios, the book that gave us Shakespeare. Learn more about the First Folio and see other treasures from the Shakespeare collection.The World's Largest Shakespeare Collection
(left-right) Hunter Ringsmith, Lilli Hokama, Renea S. Brown, Bryan Barbarin. Photo by Peggy Ryan.
Join us this summer for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Folger Theatre brings Shakespeare's magical romp to life as part of The Playhouse at the National Building Museum.A Midsummer Night's Dream
Dive into the vast Folger collection to discover more about Shakespeare and the early modern world. Get support from our Researcher Services team, and explore scholarly programs and fellowship opportunities with Folger Institute.Exploring Shakespeare & the Folger Collection
Read, search, and download the full texts of Shakespeare's plays and poems, available online for free. High school teachers can find Shakespeare lesson plans and professional development at Folger Teaching.Studying and Teaching Shakespeare
The Wonder of Will: The Campaign for the Folger Shakespeare Library is raising $50 million to support a major building renovation project and the Folger’s many programs that bring Shakespeare and his world to life for scholars, students, enthusiasts, and you. A new pavilion will feature exhibition galleries and accessible, inviting public spaces.The Wonder of Will
FROM THE DIRECTOR
As an institution representing the arts and humanities, part of our role in civic life is to take deep questions and deep disagreements and meet them with a knowledge of history and a passion for greater understanding.
Midsummer tickets now on sale!
Folger Theatre returns to live performances with A Midsummer Night's Dream at the National Building Museum this summer, July 12 - August 28, 2022. Be enchanted by this 90-minute delightful and romantic dream. Tickets starting at $20.
Autumn Leaves: Streaming through June 30
Jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut joins poets Kyle Dargan and Lenard D. Moore for an intimate improvisation on words and music. Part reading, part concert, each artist shares their powerful compositions to spark and inspire one another in this free style performance. On-demand through June 30, 2022.
Eudora Welty Lecture: Through June 30
New York Times best-selling author Ann Patchett (Bel Canto and The Dutch House) visited the home museum of Eudora Welty in Jackson, Mississippi and ended her tour in the living room where she delivered this year's Eudora Welty Lecture and conversation. On-demand through June 30, 2022.
Shakespeare Lightning Round
Tune in on Instagram Live for a fun, fast-paced, Shakespearean chat show. We ask our guests 30 lightning-fast questions about their favorite—and least favorite—things about the Bard.
Upcoming Folger Events & Programs
Jun 19O.B. Hardison Poetry Series
Jul 1 - Aug 28The Folger at the National Building Museum
Jul 12 - Aug 28Folger Theatre
StreamingEudora Welty Lecture
Supporting teachers is more important than ever now. Folger Education has launched an online home for teacher members, Folger Teaching. Teachers can download lesson plans, participate in professional development workshops, and connect to a wide range of related Folger programs and resources.