1 Hour at Folger Shakespeare Library in Capitol Hill

Did you know that world’s largest Shakespeare collection is right here in Washington, DC? You can find it near the U.S. Capitol building at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol St. SE at E St.

Stop One

Admire a Shakespeare First Folio

The Folger Shakespeare Library, neighboring the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress, is home to 82 First Folios—the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. Without it, we might have lost Macbeth, The Tempest, and Julius Caesar. Come face to face with the book that gave us Shakespeare!


Stop Two

Explore a Neoclassical building with an Elizabethan twist

Discover Shakespeare’s home in America, located at the top of DC’s Cultural Mile. Discover collection treasures in changing exhibitions in the Great Hall, visit the Elizabethan Theatre, or step into our Elizabethan Garden. The Paul Cret-designed building is a national landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Entry and tours are free, with guided tours available Monday-Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., and Sundays at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Special tours of the Reading Room are available on Saturdays from Noon to 1 p.m.


Stop Three

Take a selfie with your favorite Shakespeare character

Choose from nine bas-reliefs featuring scenes from Shakespeare’s plays on the face of the building and snap a memorable photo. Take a selfie or pose with your group to create a living picture. Don’t forget to Tweet it @folgerlibrary and post it on Instagram (@folgerlibrary)!


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