Group Tours

Due to the building renovation, we are no longer accepting requests for group tours.

Our docent-led tours offer visitors the chance to explore the Folger Shakespeare Library and experience what the Folger has to offer.

Our group tours are ideal for groups larger than 20 or with a specific interest that is not usually covered in our general tours. Tours last one hour and are free of charge.

Our docent tours cover the building, its history, Shakespeare, and the current exhibition. Books and manuscripts that are not on exhibition can only be seen in our limited collection-focused visits.  To request a collection-focused visit, please fill out the collections-visit form.

How to Book a Group Tour

Complete the following form to request a tour date at least 2 weeks in advance of your visit.  Because our availability fluctuates throughout the year, please list all date preferences that your schedule allows.

Once your request is received, we will send you an email confirmation. Please bring your confirmation with you on your visit date.

Please note that due to the size of our public spaces, groups may be broken into smaller segments for easier access and more engagement with Docents. Our typical group sizes are:

  • Up to 25 visitors – 1 group
  • 25-40 visitors  – 2 groups

If there are any issues with your group being separated, accessibility needs, or other concerns please let us know in the special accommodations section; we want to make sure you are comfortable and able to fully enjoy your visit!

More Information

For more information, please contact Gregory Armstrong at (202)-548-8779 or