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Ford's Theatre

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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
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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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Amazing Museum!

We were not able to visit the actual theater due to a current production, BUT the newly designed and renovated museum contains more than enough information, memorabilia and detail... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Larry P
Springfield, Missouri
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Springfield, Missouri
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were not able to visit the actual theater due to a current production, BUT the newly designed and renovated museum contains more than enough information, memorabilia and detail on the event to make it worth your while. Take your time and dig in.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a unique historical site and present-day operating theatre. The best part comes down to your guide who describes the events and background while seated in the theatre. Tour options typically include visiting across the street where Lincoln died. Your need to set up your visit well in advanced at the Ford's Theatre web site and you may not... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My son and I were looking forward to this for years. Finally getting the opportunity I booked tickets about 2 months in advance. We arrived at Ford's "Theater" and were ushered to a loud, hot, crowded basement full of people and posters on the wall with information you could get from Wikipedia. When we asked when we could see the... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited on spring break/Easter weekend and were able to walk up and get tickets to go into the theater (tickets were free). You sit in the theater for a 20 minute park ranger talk and that's it. There isn't anything else to do here. It was interesting to see and it was nice to sit in the AC for... More 

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The museum is well done, the theater is lovely, and the show that we saw, "Ragtime", was outstanding. Don't miss this historical building.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

So interesting to see the place where President Lincoln was shot. The theater is beautiful, and seeing the box where Lincoln was sitting was really moving. There is a timeline exhibit showing what Lincoln was doing during the day and what Booth and his cohorts were doing. I was glad I'd read 'Killing Lincoln' so I knew who everyone was!... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This a beautiful piece of history. There is a very informative museum on President Lincoln under the theater that is worth the hour or so to tour. We saw Ragtime-fantastic show! It was hard to see The Presidential box there empty for eternity and while thinking of the tragedy that struck there,

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High Point, North Carolina
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was one of our favorite visits in the week we were in DC. We had tickets to visit the museum and then the Theater. The outside line staff, the ticket staff, and especially The Ranger that gave the program in the theater, were all just wonderful. The theater was completely full with students, but you could not hear a... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Place where John W. Booth mortally shot Lincoln. Tickets are required and can be arranged at the visitor center next door. Can be be crowded. Make sure you go to the Peterson House across the street where Lincoln passed away from his wound. Very accessable to public transportation.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were eating at the Lincoln Waffle Restaurant and looked our the window and saw Ford's Theater. Didn't ever know it was there!

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