Folger Shakespeare Library

Description And Comments

The Folger Library houses the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s works, but the building itself is much of the draw. The Shakespeare-related reliefs and quotes carved into its white marble exterior are matched in grandeur only by its Tudor-style great hall.

Touring Tips

The Folger Library is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday, with free tours offered at 11:00 am (Monday-Saturday only), 1:00 pm (daily), and 3:00 pm (Monday-Friday only). A tour is the only way that you can visit the First Folio, one of the few original printed copies of Shakespeare's works. These First Folios are the only reason we know some of Shakespeare's best plays today.


201 E Capitol St SE
Washington, D.C.
Capitol Hill
Capitol South

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 12pm-5pm


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