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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 2 days ago via mobile

Despite having lived here for a time, I had never been to Ford’s Theatre. It was detailed, doesn’t take a huge chunk of time to enjoy, and it is neat that the site of such magnitude is still in use as a modern theater. The...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This attraction is free, so you can't beat the price. There are tickets required and the entrance is timed. I think you can reserve ahead of time, but we didnt. We just walked up, got tickets for a later time, walked around a bit and...More

Thank Mike K
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went this afternoon to Ford's Theatre for the visit and audio guide. We had advance tickets for entry and guide - very reasonable at $3 for entry and $5 for the guide. A strange set up as you enter and get your tickets and...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Took the Lincoln Assassination tour given by Free Tours by Foot. Best way to learn what happened in this hotel and learn about it and the history behind it all.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had 10 o'clock reservations including acoustiguides. Entered with a big group of high school students but dudn't feel their presence inside. Toured the museum which gave multimedia background to the Civil War and the threats to Lincoln's life from the beginning of his first term....More

Thank bfindysz
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't have time to visit the museum but seeing the balcony where Lincoln was shot was a little eery. The performance (Jeffersons garden) was excellent and the seats were fantastic. To be honest, all the seats seem to be pretty good - it's a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They have done a great job presenting the story of Lincoln's assassination here. It is both sobering and somewhat surreal to stare at the small gun that killed him. The museum itself was free although you needed to get a ticket at the desk. They...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is in the basement and really just ok- It is very dark and there is a lot of reading so that aspect of the theater could be improved. What was truly awe inspiring was walking up from the basement into an old intimate...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you get the chance to see a show at Ford's, take advantage of the opportunity. The site of Lincoln's assassination is a great venue for the arts. You will feel like you are stepping back in time when you enter the theatre. There is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this theatre. I love being so close to history and watching Lincoln's booth while I watch the play. More importantly though, I love the fact that it is intimate compared to other venues for theater around DC. Although I've seen some great theater...More

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maaustin2013
25 November 2017|
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Response from Arlusete | Reviewed this property |
We walked from our hotel. D.C. is easy to walk. Otherwise, take a taxi right to the door.
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cthob
7 October 2017|
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Response from ashapiro21 | Reviewed this property |
You should still be able to get tickets unless its a particularly although, you cannot go in or near the president's box
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belle438
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
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