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Ford's Theatre

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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
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+1 202-347-4833
08:30 - 17:00
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The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln,...

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 Theatre is the premier destination in the nation’s capital to explore and celebrate the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. A daytime visit to the Ford’s campus traces the story of Lincoln’s presidency, assassination and legacy. The campus includes the museum, theatre, Petersen House (the house where Lincoln died) and the new Center for Education and Leadership. Tickets are required. Admission is free; advance tickets have a convenience fee.In the evenings and on weekends, Ford’s presents dynamic productions of renowned plays, vibrant musicals, and newly commissioned works that captivate and entertain while examining political and social issues related to Lincoln’s legacy.In the spring and summer, Ford’s produces one-act plays and walking tours exploring Civil War Washington. These immersive experiences provide an authentic glimpse into a singular and transformative moment of America’s past.Throughout the year, Ford’s provides engaging educational programs for students, teachers and life-long learners, using Lincoln’s speeches and legacy to build speech, writing and leadership skills.

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To think we were just yards away from where Lincoln was shot was a lot to take in. The theater is a quiet tribute.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

To think we were just yards away from where Lincoln was shot was a lot to take in. The theater is a quiet tribute.

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Southern NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you don't get chills just walking in here as well as the house across the street, you are just not into history. The site of the assassination and where Lincoln actually died are part of the history of the country.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family and I went to the Ford Theatre on a more relaxed day and it was much better than expected! They give you access to more than expected and we were able to get close to the actual box that Lincoln was assassinated in. This activity is free if you just walk in. I believe it is $3 if... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Don't expect to get in Lincoln's booth - historic preservation means that's off limits. But there's a great little museum downstairs and in the room across from the Peterson House, and the tour guide in period dress (a woman - wish I could remember her name!) was phenomenal. Her retelling of the Lincoln story will give you chills and her... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a gem this place is! Myself and my two girls - ages 9 & 13 spent 3 hours here becoming immersed in President Lincoln's history. We learned so much and were fascinated at the volume of detail that was provided!! We left with so much respect and admiration for this wonderful man. After touring the museum, we went into... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Make sure to get your ticket the day you are planning to go. You will be able to walk up and get a ticket for the time slot you want, and it won't cost you anything. There is a lot of great history that you will get to read about when you go inside. There are stairs that you have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

we had plenty of time to explore the museums, and the presentation at the theater was very good. We had young children and it kept their attention.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The National Park Service owns this. It is a small theater and a Park Ranger will give you the history of it once inside. Worth seeing.

Thank Larry M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have lived in Washington, DC for 14 years and never visited this theater until this past weekend at the suggestion of a friend. We watched "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf". Intense but great play and wonderful acting! The theater itself has a museum on the lower level, which is interesting. The Peterson House across the street is where we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Park Ranger we had was awesome! What an unreal story. NO COST. Museum was interesting....Seeing the house across the street was cool. Kids even liked it.

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