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“Ford's Theater”
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Ford's Theatre
Ranked #31 of 472 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured Ford's Theater to see where Lincoln was shot. We thought the Peterson House, which is next door, was more interesting. It's where Lincoln actually died. The theater looks like a typical theater and has historical significance. I thought there would be more to it.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The presentation and talk given by the ranger made me think and understand what happened to president Lincolnthat fateful evening.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was great to see the place where America's most challenged president lost his life. History was forever altered in this very building; as a huge history buff, I felt like I had stepped back in time, if only for a moment. The theater has been maintained quite well. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Ford's Theater.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must see on your visit to Washington. Easy to find using google maps and close to other attractions.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I highly recommend this place. It's so amazing to see the place Lincoln was assassinated. You have to show up early to get a free ticket to tour. It's on a first come first serve basis.
With your ticket you'll be able to walk through the theater and sit in some of its seats. If you look on the arm of your chair you will see which notable person had sat there, including former presidents.
When you are in the theater you'll be able to see the box seats Lincoln was sitting at when he was shot.
Next you will leave the theater and cross the street over to the house Lincoln was brought after he was shot. The room is made up to be how it was when Lincoln died.
Also, before I forget, there is an exhibit you will go through that teaches you a little more about the president.
This was one of my family's favorite tours.

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