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First Folio Exhibition

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library will be on exhibit at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common in the Art Gallery on the 9th floor, from June 4 through July 7. The exhibit will be open: Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and Sundays 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The exhibition is free of charge and open to the public, but due to its popularity tickets are highly recommended. Timed admission runs every 30 minutes, and a limited number of drop-in tickets will be available at the Central Library each day. Ticket reservations will be available beginning April 23 to coincide with Shakespeare’s birthday.

Tickets available starting April 23 at noon

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Group Reservations:
There are a limited number of opportunities for student group visits to the exhibit. Student groups may reserve a tour slot for the following dates/times:
Tuesday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Friday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Friday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Friday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 28 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Friday, July 1 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 5 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

These staff-guided experiences are limited to groups of up to 30 people (including teachers and chaperones), and will last approximately 30 minutes. Based on availability, larger groups can book an hour and divide the group into two groups. Email for further information about student group visits.

About the Exhibition:
Shakespeare’s First Folio will be available for viewing and opened to the page with “To be or not to be” from Hamlet. Accompanying the rare book will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, as well as the importance of the First Folio. A supplemental exhibition will showcase original props, costumes, photographs, and ephemera from The Old Globe’s 80-year archive and the Darlene Gould Davies Old Globe Theatre Collection, with a focus on the productions of Shakespeare that have made the Globe one of the most important Shakespeare theatres in North America.

In addition there will be a un-ticketed complimentary display in the Hervey Family Rare Book Room adjacent to the art gallery. Publishing Shakespeare will present rare and exquisite editions of work by and about Shakespeare. Drawing from the San Diego Public Library’s rare book collection, the exhibition will include more than 50 beautifully produced books and prints spanning four centuries of publishing and book art. 

For questions about the exhibition call (619) 236-5800 or email