Shakespeare belongs to you. His world is vast. Come explore. Join us online, on the road, or in Washington, DC.
In addition to being the world's largest Shakespeare collection, the Folger is home to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art. Located a block from the US Capitol, the Folger serves a wide audience of scholars, visitors, teachers, students, families, and theater- and concert-goers.
The Folger opened in 1932, as a gift to the American people from founders Henry and Emily Folger. Learn more about the history of the Folger.
- To preserve and enhance our collection
- To make our collection accessible to scholars and others who can use it productively
- To advance understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare’s writings and the culture of the early modern world.
What we do
Find out more about what's happening at the Folger, learn about ways to connect with us online or in social media, or find volunteer or employment opportunities. You can also review our annual report and get information on the Folger Board of Governors and the Folger staff, including director Michael Witmore.