The New Pavilion
Accessible entry plazas and public gardens on the East and West lead into the New Pavilion, located under the Folger's historic plinth.
Shakespeare Exhibition HallThe Shakespeare Exhibition Hall will feature play-based galleries and display all 82 Folger First Folios.
Advancing the Humanities
The Folger will provide state-of-the-art workspaces for scholars to engage with the collection in group and individual projects.
Rose Exhibition HallThe Stuart and Mimi Rose Rare Book and Manuscript Exhibition Hall will feature a Treasures Gallery of the Folger's greatest holdings from the early modern world.
Engaging Young Learners
The Folger's new galleries and Education Laboratory will support student visits that intersect with Folger Education programs.
First Folio Gallery
The 82 First Folios at the heart of the Folger’s Shakespeare collection will be visible to all.
Serving Our Audiences
The Folger's theatre, poetry, and early music audiences will enjoy improved amenities ranging from elevators to concessions and expanded restrooms.
Take a refreshing walk, read in the shade, or meet friends in the public gardens surrounding the Folger.
The Great Hall will be transformed to a venue for conversation, refreshment, and relaxation for all visitors.
The Folger Shakespeare Library will advance its commitment to serving as a gift to the American people. We will share our collection, deliver highest-quality humanities research and learning experiences, and engage diverse audiences in exhibitions and performances in a vibrant, accessible new pavilion. The Wonder of Will will raise $50 million to support this project and the Folger’s many programs that bring Shakespeare and his world to life for scholars, students, enthusiasts, and you.
"The Folger was placed on Capitol Hill because its founders believed that the wisdom of literature and history have a vital role to play in civic life," says Folger Director Michael Witmore. "There’s a reason we were placed at the crossroads of American democratic life, and it’s vital now that we be able to meet the needs of a diverse and curious public in spaces that were designed to engage them."