Ford's Theatre

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Ford's Theatre
4.5
Historic Sites • Theatres • History Museums
10:00 - 12:00, 14:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 16:00
Thursday
10:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 16:00
Friday
10:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 16:00
Saturday
10:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 16:00
Sunday
10:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 16:00
About
The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Ford's Theatre is a working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center. The theatre produces musicals and plays reflecting the unique, diverse character of American life. With its inspiring theatrical productions, live historic interpretation, and rich collection of artifacts, Ford’s is the premier destination in the nation’s capital to explore and celebrate the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. A daytime visit can include the museum, theatre, Petersen House (the house where Lincoln died) and Aftermath Exhibits at the Center for Education and Leadership. Advance tickets are required (convenience fee). From September to May, Ford’s presents evening and matinee productions of renowned plays, vibrant musicals, and newly commissioned works that captivate and entertain while examining political and social issues related to Lincoln’s life and legacy.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
How to get there
  • Metro Center • 4 min walk
  • Gallery Place • 5 min walk
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JonInIndy
Indpls., IN333 contributions
A tour through history
Oct 2021
The Ford Theater is not just a site of historical significance, but provides a museum where one can learn about Lincoln and all aspects of his assassination. There are many artifacts from the time on display also. I found the information on the co-conspirators to be very interesting.

We found it easy to park in a garage just around the corner from the theater although the hop on/hop off buses have a stop across the street from it.

After going through the museum on a self-guided tour, you then walk up steps to where you view the theater and balcony where Lincoln was shot.

I'm not sure that the theater is handicap accessible, but I may have missed an elevator. The tour took us about ½ hour. Unfortunately the Peterson House (where Lincoln was taken after being shot) was not open to go in while we were there. They have the Junior Ranger program here also if you have your children with you.

If you want to learn about the Lincoln assassination, this is the place to visit.
Written 23 November 2021
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DannyD81
Lodi, NJ225 contributions
Don’t miss this while in DC!
Nov 2021 • Family
Ford’s Theater must be on your To Do list while visiting DC. There is so much to see and a lot of cool, interesting information. We were crunched on time and managed to fit it in to our schedule. I could have spent more time in there, which I plan to do next time. Nevertheless, even an abbreviated visit is worth the experience. Excellent job by the folks who curate this exhibit.
Written 7 November 2021
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8837Mom
Seattle, WA127 contributions
Not Covid compliant
Oct 2021
Despite the need for timed entry tickets, we found ourselves surrounded by a group of middle school students visiting from out of town. The entire facility was extremely crowded; there was no way to keep social distancing. And above all, over half of the kids and their chaperons wore their masks on their chins. If you fall in the high risk category, please be aware of what you will likely encounter.
Written 20 October 2021
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lizcratty
Eugene, OR21 contributions
Don't miss this museum
Sep 2021 • Friends
Not my first time to DC, and how I've managed to miss this jewel surprised me. Run by the National Parks, admittance is free and the museum about President Lincoln is comprehensive and very well done.
Written 26 September 2021
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sabrinak136
New Orleans, LA601 contributions
A Visit to Ford’s Theatre….
Sep 2021 • Family
The Ford’s Theatre is dedicated to sharing the story of Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of the United States.  I decided to take my son to the Ford’s Theatre because he seemed to have limited knowledge regarding Lincoln and his contributions to the United States.  
The visit to the Ford’s Theatre cost $3.00 per person and the audio recording for the tour was $5.00.  The staff is really courteous and helpful. Your journey will begin on the lower level and once the museum visit is complete you will make your way to the theatre where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865.  It is surreal to see the box where the former President sat prior to being assassinated.  The moment definitely allows one to travel back in time and contemplate what that fateful night was like for Lincoln and all who were at his side.
Lincoln was a lover of theatre and it was interesting to discover that performances still take place at the Ford’s Theatre.  If you are interested in the Life of Lincoln and in tracing his steps prior to his death the Ford’s Theatre is an excellent stop to expand your knowledge. I definitely believe it is money well spent for a great history lesson.
Written 18 September 2021
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Dawn S
Lowville, NY70 contributions
Ford’s Theater is a Must Visit!
Aug 2021 • Family
Everything! The National Park Service people gave so much information it helped us understand what actually transpired. Because of Covid you have to get timed tickets ahead of time and have to go to Recreation.gov but it is easy. Right across the street is the boarding house where President Lincoln was taken and died. The Hard Rock Cafe is just down the street. The metro was a short walk.
Written 30 August 2021
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sloomis31
Bristol, WI894 contributions
A Fascinating Visit Back in Time
Aug 2021
We bought our timed tickets the day they went on sale online (and they sold out fast). It slowly stopped raining so our wait outside on the street was tolerable. We then proceeded inside and down into the basement museum. You are supposed to walk in chronological order among the displays, movies, and signage, but it was difficult given the crowd in our group and social distancing. That being said it was interesting to learn about Lincoln and the times in which he lived. Then it was upstairs to see the actual box where it all happened. You lean in to see the box through a plastic panel and read a little drawing outlining where everyone was sitting. Then we spoke to a park ranger who showed us some photos and talked about how they closed the theatre for decades after the assassination. All in all a fascinating if not sobering visit back in time.
Written 28 August 2021
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Bill
8 contributions
Ford's Theater
Aug 2021
There is so much more to this site than just seeing where Lincoln was shot. There is an entire museum dedicated to Lincoln's life and presidency. You can also see the gun that Booth used.
Written 28 August 2021
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,540 contributions
I learned a lot of new things about Abraham Lincoln and the assassination
Aug 2021
I visited Ford's Theater in August 2021. I bought my timed-entry ticket online and they let me go in a little earlier. The museum in the basement was crowded. There were many interesting things in the museum. In 1861 there was an assassination plot against Lincoln as he traveled to Washington DC to the inauguration called the "Baltimore Plot". Lincoln gave his first inaugural address first then he was sworn in and given the oath of office (the opposite sequence compared to today). The museum covered Civil War history, the Gettysburg address, the 1864 Overland Campaign, the 1864/1865 Battle of Petersburg, the fall of Richmond and the surrender at Appomattox. The timeline on April 14, 1865 for President Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth, the assassination and the aftermath were covered in detail. The details of each conspirator were covered. The actual murder weapon / pistol is on display which I have never seen before. Upstairs, I visited the theater and viewed the Presidential Box through a plexiglass window. The Presidential Box had not been open in the past so this was the first time I saw it. The park ranger was helpful and answered my questions. The museum had a nice gift and book shop. The only criticism I have is that it was a bit too crowded sometimes. I had a fantastic visit and learned some new things about Abraham Lincoln and the assassination.
Written 20 August 2021
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Tori
Stanford, CA48 contributions
must do if you like history
Aug 2021
There is a great museum in the basement of the museum. It covers all aspects of Lincoln's life and is very detailed, but the presidents box is a tad anticlimactic. I'd recommend touring with a guide instead of by yourself, they are very knowledgeable.
Written 18 August 2021
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Ford's Theatre is open:
  • Wed - Sun 10:00 - 12:00
  • Wed - Sun 14:00 - 16:00
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