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.
During Our Building Renovation
The Great Hall has served for many years as the Folger's primary exhibition space, but during our multi-year building renovation, exhibitions will not be offered there. Plans are in development to organize traveling or pop-up exhibitions in other venues.
New Exhibition Spaces
After the building renovation is complete, two new exhibition halls will showcase the Folger collection. The Shakespeare Exhibition Hall will house a permanent exhibition devoted to Shakespeare’s life and works. The Stuart and Mimi Rose Rare Book and Manuscript Exhibition Hall will include space for permanent and temporary exhibitions to demonstrate the impact of the early modern world on our own. One of the hall’s three galleries will be devoted to some of the greatest and most formative works in the Folger collection including Caxton’s Chaucer, the Macro Manuscripts, John Donne letters, and documents of Elizabeth I.
The Folger's past exhibitions offer ongoing information and resources for visitors and researchers. Explore past exhibitions from recent years and see a more comprehensive list of past exhibitions and their associated content on Folgerpedia.