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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 yesterday

I wish I had gone to see this years ago. It is a four-part presentation consisting of (in order) the Civil War era history displays downstairs in the theater, the ranger presentation in the preserved theater itself, a visit to the Peterson House across the...More

Thank Jeb-of-Pineland
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited on 7/15/2017 (Friday): Ford's Theatre is a must do while visiting DC. It's an incredible tour starting off under the Theatre where the history of Lincoln and the assassination are detailed and several artifacts are kept here including the pistol that was used. After...More

Thank BrutolMotent
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The story, the artifacts kept from the assassination was all amazing. The house across the street where Lincoln died, it was all well kept. It's a must see if you come to this town.

1  Thank John D
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is by far my most favorite thing to do in DC as well as my family's. Luckily, we have had a fantastic Park Ranger depict the events of Lincoln's Assassination every time we have been here, which is absolutely key to getting as much...More

1  Thank nclcrl
Reviewed 2 days ago

We found the museum interesting, but the high point was the actual theater. The President's box was just as it was when he was shot according to the museum. With the draped flag, etc. one could actually 'see' how the shooting took place. Worth a...More

Thank A_Gypsy_Wannabe
Reviewed 3 days ago

From the online reservations to the tour itself, Ford's Theater was a great experience. You arrive at scheduled time, short wait in line and then are ushered into the new exhibit area about the Washington and our country in the time of Lincoln - leading...More

1  Thank RoseBowlTraveler
Reviewed 3 days ago

The theater has been restored to look like the original setting of April 1965. The ranger was great in telling the story of the time period and enjoyed the museum and Petersen House as well.

1  Thank BC1233
Reviewed 5 days ago

There is a parks spokesperson that tells the story of the events leading up to President Lincoln's assassination, while you are s at d in the theatre. I think the interior has been redone, but it still looks old and you feel like it could...More

1  Thank Karen W
Reviewed 5 days ago

The theater where Lincoln was assassinated . Interesting exhibits detail the plot murder and aftermath followed by a park ranger lecture inside the theater. Across the street is where Lincoln succumbed to his wound.Be sure to obtain free timed tickets on the available on the...More

Thank Allan2
Reviewed 6 days ago

Since President Abe Lincoln was shot here and is a major part of our American history this is a must see. There is no fee to see Fords theatre and then across the street the boarding house where the President past away. The tour is...More

Thank Steven S
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23 July 2017|
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Response from Marti H | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The ticket for Peterson house across the street is good anytime after your ticket 11:35 time. If there is a line you can go to other places and come back later. Ford theatre is air conditioned and I don't think the... More
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.
5 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