Open all year round, the Globe Exhibition & Tour gives you an opportunity to learn more about this unique building and its most famous playwright, Shakespeare.
Based under the Globe Theatre, our engaging and informative Exhibition explores the life of Shakespeare, the London where he lived, and the theatre for which he wrote. Imagine the Globe as it would have been: the centre of what was once London's most notorious entertainment district, surrounded by raucous taverns and bawdy-houses.
Exhibition Audio Guide
The Exhibition audio guide, developed in conjucntion with Acoustiguide, included in the standard admission price and available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin and Japanese.
Visiting with children
If you are visiting with children don't forget to pick up a copy of the Family Trail to fill out as they move through the exhibition. Click here, or go to the download section on the right to download your family trail. Alternatively pick up a copy when you arrive at the Exhibition.
Our expert guides will take you on a fascinating tour of the iconic Globe Theatre, bringing the space to life with colourful stories of the 1599 Globe, of the reconstruction process in the 1990s, and of how the ‘wooden O’ works today as an imaginative and experimental theatrical space.
Tours begin every 30 minutes, and are in English. Complimentary information sheets are currently available in the following languages:
French | German | Spanish | Italian | Portuguese | Japanese | Chinese | Korean | Dutch | Russian | Romanian | Polish | Greek | Hungarian | Czech
Take a virtual tour inside the theatre.
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Public tours of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse have begun. Our guides provide a fascinating insight to the indoor playhouses of the time of Shakespeare and his contemporaries and the background to the Globe’s ambitious project, from the initial plans to final construction. Find out how indoor playing shaped the writing of Shakespeare, how this unique new space was built and the discoveries we hope to make from indoor performances.
“A magical interpretation of a Jacobean theatre.” FT, 2014
“One of the most heartstoppingly beautiful, most romantically executed doll's house of a theatre I've ever been in.” London Theatre, 2014
Questions about your visit
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