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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 2 days ago via mobile

The performance was spectacular and very well performed. If you stay here in DC take the time to take in the show. It is well worth the time and money. The wife and I really enjoyed it. You also get a free tour of of...More

Thank 630dwaynep
Reviewed 2 days ago

Had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe, which is a few doors down. We visited the theater and learned so much more about President Lincoln. Across the street is the house where Lincoln died. Self- guided Tour includes that as well. Well worth the time...More

Thank BRLAAdventurer
Reviewed 3 days ago

You get to see Ford;s theater ans well as the house across the street where he died. Not the actual bed sadly and too short for him, but they do the best they can. Huge gift shop.

Thank vlcnyc21
Reviewed 3 days ago

Ford's Theater is certainly worth a visit given the history of the place, but you'll get a lot more out of it by reading up on the events that occurred a few days before and after the assassination. You can track Booth's escape through the...More

Thank Dunleigh
Reviewed 4 days ago

We happened upon Ford's Theater because we were having lunch at the Hard Rock, which is a few doors down. We visited the theater and were blown away. It's a self guided audio tour and there is a minimal charge for the audio sets. There...More

Thank Annie143Florida
Reviewed 4 days ago

Theater was closed for play rehearsal but basement museum was open --and Peterson house is part of free ticket. Museum was small but presented good idea of his daily life in White House and interesting exhibits about conspirators.

Thank unvmn
Reviewed 4 days ago

This place is pretty cool. The tour is 2 parts. The theater and then going across the street to the Peterson house where he eventually passed. Did the audio tour, and boy was that worth the added extra cost. The theater has a little skit...More

Thank barry88
Reviewed 6 days ago

A wonderful tour of the theatre where Lincoln was shot, including a chance to sit in the theatre and hear the story. Then, a walk across the street to the home where Abe was taken and, ultimately, succummed to his wounds.

Thank Gregsky
Reviewed 1 week ago

Seeing the theatre where President Lincoln was shot, really brought history to life. We went in the morning when the lines to get in were not as long (we got tickets online the day before) and enjoyed the tour and presentation by the ranger in...More

Thank GoAlong2
Reviewed 1 week ago

This will take about two hours to be done right. You must stay for the Ranger talk. It is essential and informative. A walk across the street to the Petersen House will round out a good site but is not so essential. The theater and...More

Thank 533lewisn
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7 October 2017|
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Response from Kate W | Reviewed this property |
I have absolutely no idea and I don’t think previous visitors will either. Feels like a question for the theatre directly. .
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.