What's On at the Folger

Jan 6 - 21, 2019

Open Daily and Free to the Public

Explore the Folger and how the world's largest Shakespeare collection came to be in Washington, DC. See one of our 82 Shakespeare First Folios, peek into our Elizabethan Theatre - perhaps you'll see part of a rehearsal of Folger Theatre's Nell Gwynn, and check out installation of our upcoming exhibition, First Chefs: Fame and Foodways in Britain and the Americas.

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, Noon - 5pm

Folger Gift Shop  |  Tuesday - Sunday, Noon - 5pm


Mon - Sat,  11am  +  1pm  +   3pm
Sun,  Noon  +  3pm
Tours  |  Our History and Landmark Building

Docent-led tours offer visitors a chance to explore the Folger, including our reading room, theater, exhibition hall, and Founders' Room where we tell the story of founders Henry Clay Folger and Emily Jordan Folger and how their gift to the American people came to be in Washington, DC.

Sat - Sun, Jan 12 - 13 and Jan 19 - 20
Sat, Noon  |  Sun, 1pm

Tours  |  Reading Rooms
See the Paster Reading Room, featuring Nicola d’Ascenzo’s famous stained glass window of the “Seven Ages of Man” from As You Like It and a bust of Shakespeare based on the one at his grave Holy Trinity Church in Stratford as well as the  Bond Reading Room.


Wed, Jan 16  |  10am - 1pm   
Exhibition Pop-Up  |  A New Year's Gift
Explore the Folger's collection of New Year's Gift Rolls.

Mon, Jan 21  |  10am
O.B. Hardison Poetry  |  Not Just Another Day Off
Join award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson for this special reading combining poetry with historical speeches from Dr. Martin Luther Kin,g Jr. and others. 

Tues, Feb 5  |  7pm   rescheduled from Mon, Jan 14
Talks, Screenings & More  |  RSC Live: Troilus and Cressida
RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran creates a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle.
Tickets: $20
Free for Federal employees  |  details on how to reserve


Sat, Jan 19 - Sun, Mar 31  |  daily
First Chefs: Fame and Foodways in Britain and the Americas
Just like today, getting food from farm to table in the early modern British world was hard work. First Chefs tells the stories of the named and unnamed heroes of British and American farms, plantations, kitchens, and markets through historic manuscripts, books, and artifacts.