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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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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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A Fascinating insight into Abraham Lincoln

Ford's Theatre is not simply a visit to the place Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, but a fascinating study into the great man himself. The museum is free with the option of... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ford's Theatre is not simply a visit to the place Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, but a fascinating study into the great man himself. The museum is free with the option of adding an audio guide for around $10. We chose to view the exhibit at our own pace and the tour was easy and interesting to follow. You begin in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great exhibit downstairs...lots of Lincoln history and Civil War history. Be sure you go when you can enter the theatre to see the booth. Then go across the street to see the Peterson House. As usual, NPS rangers were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I purchased the tickets to go to the Ford Theatre Museum online one day in advance. I'm glad I did because it seemed a bit crowded on a Saturday. I picked up the tickets at the box office and spent about an hour in the actual theater and another hour across the street. There's so much to see and learn... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a must-see DC attraction. There is a museum, a tour and you can book great seats at the current show playing. Plan ahead and get your tickets.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky enough to not only enjoy the Ford Theater museum, but a showing of A Christmas Carol. Beautiful and significant theater - a little piece of history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came the week of Thanksgiving. This was my 4th time to DC. Coming for the tour, then museum and The Christmas Carol play was one of my absolute favorite things of the visit. Dickens play in this building was a perfect match. It was like the building was made for that play. We paid only $25 for our seats!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ford's Theater has been kept in fine style and they actually hold productions there. We just missed The Christmas Carol. Visitors can look into the box where the Lincolns sat on the night the president was shot. There is an excellent museum that recounts the story of President Lincoln's term in office. It seems almost providential that Abraham Lincoln only... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I recommend booking ahead of time online to make sure you get to see the museum and the theatre and also get an audioguide. You will have to print your tickets yourself if you buy online, but well worth the time and making sure you are allowed inside. Tour times allow entry every 30 minutes, but this is a popular... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the actual theater where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and the home across the street where he died. The theater has been restored, so you are not seeing it exactly the way it was, but it certainly gives you a good picture. The ranger talk in the theater was very informative. We learned a lot that we hadn't known... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the history of this theater. Very quaint. Seating was a little to close for comfort for my liking. The wonderful play made up for that and kept me from thinking of the very close quarters. Concession stand did not seem organized, so we did not bother. Many people still in line to get a drink at intermission due to... More 

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