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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: +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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This historic theatre is the same today as it was when Lincoln attended his last play. It is an active theatre with many popular shows year round.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2015
Elkridge, Maryland
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Elkridge, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

This historic theatre is the same today as it was when Lincoln attended his last play. It is an active theatre with many popular shows year round.

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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

I am glad we went, just keep in mind this theater has been recreated as it is NOT the original. The location is correct of course, but the section (balcony) where Lincoln was shot is recreated. Ask the Rangers there...they will tell you. Nonetheless, I would still go, I am glad I went, and I would still recommend it to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

This was by far one of the best things we did in D. C.! You can pay 11$ for a guided tour or wal through for free. We did the free walk through but stayed close to the guided tour to still hear what was being said ;) we spent about two hours here reading all the info and taking... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

We have been to few shows at Ford's Theater. The historical setting cannot be beat. However, the seats are a bit uncomfortable. Recommend the front row of the first balconey - close and with a good view.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

We booked our tickets on the web to save having to queue twice (once for the tickets and then for your time slot). If you have booked the audio tour make sure that you collect it from the front desk (you will need photo ID which they will hold onto until you return the audio equipment) as soon as you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

Upon turning the corner to head down the road to Ford's Theatre, it's like entering a new city. Just down a short distance are beat up buildings and a seedy feeling neighborhood. The Theatre itsef was very informative. A great museum in the basement.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

I'm glad we were able to visit the Ford's Theatre and Peterson House. The theatre includes a museum with all of the information about before, during, and after the assassination. It was extremely interesting and better than I expected. You could spend a couple of hours here easy if you want to take in all of what the museum has... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

You enter through an exhibit area which features just enough info to understand what happened here. Then a park ranger gathers you in the theater to hear a blow-by-blow account of that fateful night. Well done. Only bad part is that nearly every part of the theater is a reproduction, but, you told, very meticulously done. Well worth the visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

Get there early and I believe the tickets are free. It's also not an all-day thing - expect to spend around 90-120 minutes here. This is a great site for fans of Lincoln/American history. A Park Ranger provides a nice story of the events that happened around the night of the assassination. You then walk up to the box where... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

My daughter & I visited the theatre on our recent trip to Washington D.C. We were able to get tickets to the theatre for free when we walked, keep in mind that there are a limited number avaiable each day. This ticket is good only for seeing the theatre & to visit the Peterson House where Lincoln died, it does... More 

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