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 15 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 library, 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
Please complete the following form to request a tour date. Because our availability fluctuates throughout the year, please list all date preferences that your schedule allows; there’s a greater chance of us being able to accommodate your request if you let us know all of your options.
We ask that tours are requested at least 1 week in advance of your visit date—it allows us enough time to confirm the logistics of your visit. We will confirm your visit request in a follow-up email. Please keep our response as that will serve as the final confirmation of your visit. We’ll be sure to check in with you a few days prior to your tour to confirm your visit one more time and to check on any changes to your request.
Please note that due to the size of our public spaces, groups may be broken into smaller segments for ease of access and to allow our docents to fully engage with everyone. Our typical group sizes are:
- Up to 15 visitors – 1 group
- 15-30 visitors – 2 groups
- 30-45 visitors – 3 groups
- 45-60 visitors – 4 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!
For more information, please contact Gregory Armstrong at (202)-548-8779 or Garmstrong@folger.edu