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Folger Shakespeare Library

Home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, the Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-renowned center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. The Folger is an internationally recognized research library offering advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; an innovator in the preservation of rare materials; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K–12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs – theater, music, poetry, exhibits, lectures, and family programs. By promoting understanding of Shakespeare and his world, the Folger reminds us of the enduring influence of his works, the formative effects of the Renaissance on our own time, and the power of the written and spoken word. A gift to the American people from industrialist Henry Clay Folger, the Folger Shakespeare Library – located one block east of the U.S. Capitol – opened in 1932. Learn more at

Largest Meeting Room Details
Capacity, Banquet-style: 250
Capacity, Theatre-style: 263
Meeting Space Details
Inside Reception Capacity: 300
Facility Amenities
A/V Equipment, Easels, Wifi, Portable Stages, Free Admission, Guided tours available, Private Tour, Educational Programming, Non-Profit Organization
Rooftop Bar
Rate Type
Attraction Rates
Length of Tour
Less than 1 hour
Min to Airport
Distance to Conv Center
2 Miles
Distance to Metro
3 Blocks
Metro Station
Capitol South, Union Station
Metro Line
Blue, Orange, Silver
Nearby Landmarks
National Mall, Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Capitol, Union Station
Payment Options
American Express, Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Personal Checks, Visa

Meeting Space

Room Name Dimensions Total Sq. Ft. Ceiling Height Theater Capacity Banquet Capacity Classroom Capacity Addl Info
Folger Elizabethan Theatre --x-- -- -- 263 -- --
Great Hall --x-- -- -- -- 180 --
Paster Reading Room --x-- -- -- -- 250 --
Founders' Room --x-- -- -- 40 30 --
Board Room --x-- -- -- 50 40 --
Tea Room --x-- -- -- 40 40 --
Folger Theatre --x-- -- -- 263 -- --
201 E Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Capitol Hill

(202) 544-7077 / (202) 675-0322 fax or specialevents () folger ! edu

Folger Shakespeare Library Space

Total Square Footage: 0

Folger Shakespeare Library General Info

Number of Rooms: 6

Folger Shakespeare Library Proximity

Min to Airport: 15
Distance to Conv Center: 2
Distance to Metro: 3