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Folger Shakespeare Library
Capacity: 30 – 500
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Rebecca Scott
phone: 202-675-0375
fax: 202-675-0322
The Folger Shakespeare Library is a unique historic site located one block from the U.S. Capitol building. While the exterior of this beautiful Art Deco structure is white marble, the interior features Tudor-style rooms with stained-glass windows, oak paneling, and hammerbeam construction. Opened in 1932, a gift to the American people from Henry Clay Folger and his wife, Emily Jordan Folger, the Library houses the largest collection of Shakespeare materials in the world and one of the finest collections of fifteenth- through eighteenth-century books, manuscripts, paintings, and other artifacts from Great Britain and the Continent. Spaces available for events include the Old Reading Room, modeled on the royal and collegial halls of the Elizabethan period, and the Great Hall, with a thirty-foot strapwork ceiling, exquisitely tiled floor, and hand-carved heraldic devices. The Founders Room and the Board Room provide a more intimate setting for smaller groups.
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Great Hall: $8,000
Board Room: $2,000
Tea Room: $1,500
Old Reading Room: $12,000
Elizabethan Theatre: $8,000
Founders Room: $2,000
Call for special nonprofit rates.
Capacity: 30 – 500
Capacity Description:
For a Reception:

Great Hall: 250
Old Reading Room: 250
Founders Room: 40
Board Room: 50
Elizabethan Theatre: -
Tea Room: 50
For a Banquet:

Great Hall: 180
Old Reading Room: 180
Founders Room: 30
Board Room: 40
Elizabethan Theatre: -
Tea Room: 40

Great Hall: -
Old Reading Room: -
Founders Room: 40
Board Room: 50
Elizabethan Theatre: 250
Tea Room: 40

Monday-Saturday Hours:

Old Reading Room: 5:00 p.m.-midnight
All other rooms: 4:00 p.m.-midnight
Sunday Hours (all rooms): 9:00 a.m.-midnight

All times include setup and breakdown for event. Some restrictions on red wine; no beverages or food in the Elizabethan Theatre; lighting restrictions for some events; no weddings; no smoking.

Catering is available from a list of approved caterers.
Audio Visual Capabilities
Limited in-house A/V equipment is available, or clients may supply their own.
Location: Corner of 2nd Street and East Capitol Street.
Metro Station: Capitol South or Union Station
This site is ADA compliant.
SESMA's mission is to develop cooperative marketing programs that bring member special event sites to the attention of meeting and event professionals throughout the DC-metro area who seek unique venues for their functions.
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