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Explore the Folger collection in curated exhibitions and catalogs.



Experience productions of Shakespeare (and his contemporaries) on a stage where the Bard would feel at home. 



Hear music from the twelfth through eighteenth centuries performed by our nationally acclaimed early music ensemble.



Discover contemporary poetry's most eloquent voices—from the lyrical to the experimental, the emergent to the long cherished.



Enjoy our most cherished authors as they read from their latest works.

Shakespeare's Plays -- free for you!

Happy Birthday, Will!

In honor of Shakespeare's 450th birthday, we're releasing all 38 plays from the Folger Editions text in a free, mobile-friendly version.

Folger Digital Texts
Yours to read, search, download, and enjoy.

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November 11, 2014–February 26, 2015

Decoding the Renaissance

January 5–December 31, 2015

Reading Room Tours | Saturdays

January 27–March 8, 2015

Mary Stuart

February 3, 2015

Drama & Verse: Simon Armitage and Peter Oswald

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201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Federal Tax ID #04-2103542
PublicReading Room
10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday8:45am to 4:45pm, Monday through Friday
12pm to 5pm, Sunday9am to noon and 1pm to 4:30pm, Saturday
Main: 202 544 4600
Box Office: 202 544 7077
Fax: 202 544 4623