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Ford's Theatre

511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
+1 202-347-4833
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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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511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
Downtown / Chinatown
+1 202-347-4833
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We made a special trip here, but they were not doing tours...did not think we needed to check ahead. Lesson learnedMore

1  Thank Warren M
FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for sharing your feedback! We always encourage patrons to visit fords.org in advance of their visit to make sure the programming the visit experience you want is available during the time of your visit. We hope you will be able to visit us one...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

When in DC you have to go to learn about Lincoln. Just so you know they have you stand outside to get in at your assigned time then you go to the museum for 30 or so minutes then you go in the theater to...More

Thank JTTsports
FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks so much for visiting Ford’s Theatre! Due to the limited size of our lobby, we do not have room to accommodate everyone prior to their entry. We use the line as an organizational tool to admit those who have tickets for that entry time....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Good history lesson,the museum has the actual gun that was used to assassinate President Lincoln. Was disappointed to find the theater box where Lincoln was shot had been destroyed shortly after the incident. The original theater collapsed in 1893 and what currently sits on the...More

1  Thank Dee C
FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback! Ford’s Theatre has been reconstructed, based precisely off the 1865 crime scene photos taken the day after the assassination. After the assassination, the theatre was seized by the government, who turned the building into office spaces for the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

You need to get tickets in advance - only a small processing fee. I didn't think I cared to go to the museum or house across the street, but if you can - do it. In the theater and the house they had employees telling...More

1  Thank teeny1287
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was really information and interesting plan on spending about two hours if you want to see everything! I got the audio handheld device and I was glad i did, it added alot to my experience.

1  Thank C M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place. Even Though you need to pay it was a really nice experience knowing what happened in history.

Thank L0renaRS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

opened in 1861. Fire 1862, new cornerstone 1863. Lincoln assinated 1865. Interior collapsed 1893 (killing 22). So much history!

Thank amazing0405
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What's more interesting that where such a mega event in history occurred. There is a small museum with items relating to the Lincolns, DC and J.W. Booth are located. There is the theater where a park ranger gives a talk with interesting information. For me...More

1  Thank Patricia C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited Ford's Theatre on a recent trip to Washington DC and really enjoyed seeing this historical site. It was such a beautiful but solemn place to see where one of our greatest Presidents was shot. We also visited the house across...More

Thank Jolene H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a history buff, I enjoyed this afternoon adventure. While the theater is not entirely original, it still gives you a good sense of what it was like when John Wilkes Booth fired the shot the would change America forever. There is a good museum...More

Thank John F
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Hi, TLPsMom. What would you like to know about this attraction? Did you get a chance to walk around and explore inside Ford's Theater with the Ranger Talk? I noticed that they had a walkthrough session which is just a self-guided tour. I'm trying to figure out which one to buy tickets for. Thanks!
24 May 2017|
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Response from Sharon W | Reviewed this property |
The tour and museum are self guided but includes a ranger talk in the actual theater. There are rangers available inside the museum to answer questions.
I just want to see the museum and theatre box. When is the best time?
4 May 2017|
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Response from linfer | Reviewed this property |
Same day tickets are limited and do sell out. I would suggest to go early. We went a few weeks ago and they were sold out so we had to return the next day. Box office opens at 8:30am, we got there exactly 8:30 and had no... More
Pete Serria
would it be busier on a Sunday or a Monday? Price on line?
17 April 2017|
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Response from linfer | Reviewed this property |
We went on a Tuesday and it was also a full house. They sell a certain number of tickets for each tour time and everyone goes in as a big group. Same-day tickets are free. To reserve tickets in advance is $8.