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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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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00

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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Lincoln Afficionados Take Heed

If you are into history and enjoy theatre then this is the place. Just saw an awesome performance of Ragtime and a tour of the attached museum about the assassination of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Spring, TX
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are into history and enjoy theatre then this is the place. Just saw an awesome performance of Ragtime and a tour of the attached museum about the assassination of President Lincoln. The theatre has been renovated and is beautiful. Getting a free tour as part of your ticket is a bonus. The museum tour will take less than... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Each show is going to be different, so won't comment on the performance aspect. but There are some areas of concern for me. The ushers (who I think are volunteers) are hit or miss; some are good, but others can be curt and bordering on rude. I don't recommend a seat in the first couple of rows as you are... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great display of Lincoln memorabilia andtimeline is insightful. There are facts thatI did not know like the fact that Booth did not act alone.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Loved this tour. Bought audio kit and thankful I did. Heard detailed descriptions of most things on display in the museum - although I think you would also learn a tremendous amount just from the written and audio guidance provided. Inside the theater we were provided with a very detailed and informed description of what occurred on the night that... More 

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Des Moines, IA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I haven't been in about 20 years. I decided to go back as an adult thinking I would appreciate it more. They usher you and about 200 people in a museum under the theater for about 45 minutes. There were a few interesting things and the rest seemed like fluff. Then you go to the theater where they say nothing... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Purchase a ticket (inexpensive) on-line for a specific tour time. They allow you 45 minutes in the museum before the live performance in the theater. It was a little rushed; I could have used a couple of hours. The theater looks pretty much the way it did the night of the assassination and the play was interesting. Don't miss the... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

First remember to get your tickets in advance because they do sell out quickly. About 20 minutes before your time to go in, they start lining up. You are taken into a small museum in the basement. So much wonderful information. They have John Wilkes Booth gun which I found very eerie. They talked about all the people in the... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Loved this museum, so much to take in. Make sure you make it part of your plans when you're in DC. Be sure to get tickets ahead of time buy spending the $3 hold fee online instead of waiting in long lines outside. We also saw Ragtime, the musical at the theater one evening. Highly recommend the show, it was... More 

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I was struck by the irony of the sign at the entrance banning firearms. Perhaps if this had been in place in 1865, history would have been changed dramatically, although I'm not convinced that assasins heed the warnings of prohibitive signs. The self-guided tour is wonderful with a small, but well-appointed museum in the basement followed by an opportunity to... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is always a line so make reservations. You sit in the theater and a ranger talks about the theater and the history for just under 30 mins. Then out the door. They have a museum in the basement with the gun used to shoot Lincoln but that is an extra ticket. You can go across the street see the... More 

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