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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
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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Ford's Theater is listed as a National Historic Site with a reasonable $3.00 entrance fee. You can purchase tickets with specific entrance times or stop by and take your chances of getting in. The experience is four in one - the museum below the theater,...More

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Reviewed 31 January 2017

There was so much to see and the information was fascinating. I liked that there were numerous places to sit down if your legs got tired of standing. Spend the money and get the audio tour.

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Reviewed 31 January 2017

Our wonderful President, Abraham Lincoln, was killed in this Ford Theatre. It was a free admission event. We actually stood in the threatre where he took his last breath. They have maintained the Theatre, and have replaced the seats, because, as we were told, folk...More

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Reviewed 30 January 2017

I loved the museum floor and took pictures with the life size statues. I read everything. I learned new things! The shop was great! Then I went into the theatre itself and was awed by the presentation given by an "impersonator" dressed in period clothing....More

Thank Lois D
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

There are so many museums and art galleries and historical sites and government buildings to see in Washington, D.C., that you simply don't have enough time to visit them all, even if you reserve five days to do it. But a visit to Ford's Theatre...More

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Reviewed 29 January 2017

We enjoyed the visit to the Fords theater and the house across the street where Lincoln died. The exhibits were interesting run by the National Park service, though some were very dark and hard to see. There were artifacts here you could not see anywhere...More

Thank L0y
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

I'm still amazed that this 150+ year old theatre is still an active place. It's had its ups and downs over the years, but historical preservationists won so we have the opportunity to see where history was made. You can do a walk-in (but they...More

Thank SML-Travels
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Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

A few days before attending a conference in DC, we booked tickets online for the museum and theater walk-through. Most times were available for a Friday around lunchtime, and there was a $3 convenience fee per ticket. When we arrived a few minutes before our...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Great to see when you're a history enthusiast. The museum portion of the theatre, combined with the tour of the theatre itself, and then being able the visit the house where Abraham Lincoln passed away, it was truly an adventure.

Thank Matthew C
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

I have been here a few times but it never disappoints. Took my husband this time (young son on school trips before). He is not only a history buff but also a presidential collector and Lincoln may be his favorite. We really enjoyed our visit.

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Frongis
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Response from Bethany T | Reviewed this property |
The easiest way is to order them online at their website and pick them up at the will call window. We went to the theater and then across the street to the Home that he died in. The line there may look long, but it goes... More
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Frongis
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Response from Rebecca S | Reviewed this property |
The entrance to Ford'sTheater is free. We just found the tour times, arrived, 20 minutes early and went to the box office to get the tickets. Also, if you have a National Parks Passport, there is a stamp for this Park.
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Mog3
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Response from Erin H | Reviewed this property |
You won't need it, but as others have said, you will need a ticket. You can get those at the theater's service center.
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