We can’t wait to welcome visitors to our building on Capitol Hill after a three-year renovation project. Here’s a taste of what you’ll be able to do with us this fall.
Explore our new exhibitions
Get up-close with the Folger’s world-famous collection, including our treasured First Folios, in the Shakespeare Exhibition Hall and the Stuart and Mimi Rose Rare Book and Manuscript Exhibition Hall. Try setting type, creating your own scene, and transcribing a 17th-century manuscript.
See a performance
Folger programs return to their home in the Elizabethan Theatre after three years on the road. Attend plays and concerts presented by the award-winning Folger Theatre and Folger Consort, as well as poetry readings in the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series.
Folger programming will be thematically interwoven through exhibitions, learning, performances, and humanities programs, beginning with the 2023/24 “What’s Your Story?” themed-season. Subscribe today
Learn with us
Dive into all kinds of learning with us: investigate collection items, join with other families to have fun with Shakespeare, take part in summer camp sessions, enjoy lively seminars and demonstrations, and participate in workshops for adults led by world-class researchers and artists.
Our new learning lab provides endless opportunities for all kinds of learners to connect with our exhibitions, research, conservation, programming, performance, and education work.
Enjoy our gardens
Relax in our new gardens, filled with both native plants and plants mentioned by Shakespeare. Enjoy open spaces and shade trees, including a heritage magnolia tree planted at the time of our 1932 opening. Don’t miss our iconic Puck fountain and our new Juliet balcony!
Take a tour
From the Shakespeare bas-reliefs on the front of our building to the incredible stained-glass windows in our historic Reading Room, there’s so much to see.
Meet up with friends
Once used for Folger exhibitions, the Great Hall is now your go-to spot for meeting friends or enjoying a good book, with comfortable seating and a café (coming soon).
Find great souvenirs and presents in our expanded gift shop, such as a Folger tote bag or beautiful note cards featuring art from the Folger collection.
Encounter new art and poetry
Artist Fred Wilson is creating a piece to be displayed in conversation with the Folger’s “Sieve” portrait of Queen Elizabeth I from 1579, and artist Anke Neuman is creating a paper light sculpture. Garden inscriptions include a new poem by US Poet Laureate Rita Dove.
Elizabeth I Sieve Portrait
George Gower’s 1579 portrait of Elizabeth I is the earliest of several paintings that show the queen holding a sieve.
Research with rare materials
Are you a researcher? Our Reading Room is reopening along with the rest of our building on November 17. Rare materials will be available right away, with modern materials from the Folger collection becoming available in early 2024. Research