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Hours, admission, directions, and more information for planning your visit

a ramp leading down through green gardens and past the Puck fountain to the Folger building west entrance, on a sunny day

Welcome! We’re excited to welcome you back to the Folger this summer after a multi-year building renovation. Below, you can find information to help with planning your visit.


New hours begin Friday, June 21, 2024

Galleries and Great Hall

Exhibitions, café, and gift shop

Sundays: 11am – 6pm*
Mondays: Closed
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11am – 6pm*
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 11am – 9pm

*Extended evening hours on performance days.

Reading Room

Our Reading Room reopens Tuesday, June 25.
Hours and how to use the library

Quill & Crumb

Please note that our café closes a half hour before the rest of the building. However, when there is an evening performance, Quill & Crumb will be open through intermission.

About the café


It is free to visit the Folger, and we welcome walk-in visitors as building capacity allows.

However, we recommend that you reserve a pay-what-you-will timed-entry pass, with a suggested donation starting at $15.

The first date to use timed-entry passes will be June 21.

Reserving timed-entry passes

Passes are now available to reserve online.

Reserve your pass for June 21, our reopening day.

Book now

Or, browse our calendar for another day you’d like to visit this summer. When you find the date you want, click “Book Now” to reserve your pass. Calendar

Frequently asked questions

Why is the Folger using timed-entry passes, and why should I reserve one?
Do I need to pay for a timed-entry pass?
What does my donation go toward?
Do I need a timed-entry pass if I’m just visiting the café, shop, or Reading Room?
Do I need a timed-entry pass if I already have a ticket for a Folger event?
How far in advance do timed-entry passes become available?
Do I need to reserve a timed-entry pass if I'm a Folger Member?

New public entrances

After Friday, June 21, 2024, both our east and west entrances will be open to the public. Follow the sloping walkways down through the gardens to enter the new Adams Pavilion.

a ramp leading down through gardens to the Folger building east entrance, on a sunny day with the US Capitol in the background

East entrance

located at the corner of East Capitol Street and 3rd Street SE

a ramp leading down through green gardens and past the Puck fountain to the Folger building west entrance, on a sunny day

West entrance

located at the corner of East Capitol Street and 2nd Street SE

Find us on Capitol Hill

The Folger Shakespeare Library is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. Our building is one block away from the US Capitol, next to the Library of Congress (Thomas Jefferson and John Adams buildings), and diagonally adjacent to the Supreme Court.

Night view of the Folger Shakespeare Library with the U.S. Capitol building in the background

Getting here


201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Both the west and east entrances are open, but if you’re attending an event in our theater, please use the east entrance at the corner of East Capitol Street and 3rd Street, SE.


Frequently asked questions

Do you have a question about timed-entry passes? See our dedicated FAQ in the Admission section of this page.

Where can I eat or drink?
I'd like to bring a group. What should I do?
Is there free wifi?
Is flash photography allowed?
Where do I enter the building?
Is there a coat check?
Will I need to go through a security check?
Are animals allowed?
Is there a lactation room?
Are there changing tables in the bathrooms?
Are there water fountains or places to fill a water bottle?

Contact us

Not finding the answer you need? Contact our Visitor Experience team at or 202-544-7077. Phone lines are open Monday through Friday, 12pm – 5pm, with extended hours on performance days.

Things to do
Three girls looking happy and expectant

Things to do

Here’s a taste of what you can do when visiting the Folger: exploring our exhibitions, taking a tour, enjoying our gardens, encountering new art and poetry, and more.



Get up close with the incredible books, manuscripts, art, and objects that make up the world’s largest Shakespeare collection.

Folger Café: Quill & Crumb
cheese board with fruit, nuts, and bread

Folger Café: Quill & Crumb

Quill & Crumb is the new Folger café, located in the Great Hall. Enjoy lunch, baked goods, and snacks alongside coffee and tea service during the day, and a full-service bar and light bites in the evening.