Current Exhibition

Apr 13, 2019 – Jan 05, 2020
Mon–Sat: 10am–5pm | Sun: noon–5pm

Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily wanted to create a monument to Shakespeare in the U.S. capital. This exhibition shows how Henry, and after his death, his wife Emily, worked with architect Paul Philippe Cret to create a marble building that looks like a book, speaking to the hope that Washington DC would become the cultural center it is today.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Founders' Room - Mon–Sat: 11am, 1pm, and 3pm | Sun: noon and 3pm

Take a free tour of the Founders' Room to see a rotating display of miniature Shakespeare books, many of them unique or known only in a few copies.

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 is on 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.