Current Exhibition

Oct 06, 2018 – Jan 06, 2019
Mon–Sat: 10am–5pm | Sun: noon–5pm

A towering leader during World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill was also a lifelong admirer of Shakespeare. Compelling materials from Cambridge’s Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill’s home Chartwell, and the Folger collection show the man himself and trace Shakespeare’s influence on his speeches and ideas.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Jan 19 – Mar 31, 2019
Mon–Sat: 10am–5pm | Sun: noon–5pm

Just like today, getting food from farm to table in the early modern British world was hard work. First Chefs tells the stories of the named and unnamed heroes of British and American farms, plantations, kitchens, and markets through historic manuscripts, books, and artifacts.

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

How Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily create a monument to Shakespeare in the U.S. Capitol as a gift the American people.

Online and Ongoing Exhibitions

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, along with a touchscreen display, is on permanent display in the Great Hall.

Online - Free

Shakespeare Documented is a free and publicly accessible online exhibition featuring all primary sources that document the life and career of William Shakespeare.

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.