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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
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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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We visited Ford's Theatre with our 13 year old history buff. The presentation was just right, with interesting tidbits of information to set the right tone. The museum below the... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2016
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Pensacola, Florida
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2016

The outside is surprisingly modest. I didn't go inside because it is an active theater with ticket prices to enter; however, across the street there is a Ford's Theatre education center and the house where Lincoln died for those who would like to explore further.

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FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your feedback! All daytime visit tickets to Ford’s Theatre are free, though we charge a small processing fee for tickets reserved in advance. During our busy season (March-June) we recommend visitors pay the processing fee in order to guarantee entry to their preferred time. In the evenings from September through May, we present theatre to honor the... More 

Chattanooga TN
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2016

We visited Ford's Theatre with our 13 year old history buff. The presentation was just right, with interesting tidbits of information to set the right tone. The museum below the theater was well done, although the lighting was very dark. The lighting in the museum could make it a challenging experience for someone with vision issues. Seeing the theater set... More 

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FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your feedback! We realize the low light levels in the museum can be frustrating; they are required to preserve the many fragile historic artifacts we have on display. More 

Washington, D.C.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 April 2016

This is the theatre made famous by John Wilkes Boothe's assassination of President Lincoln, while uttering "Sic rex tyranus!" Alas, we are the United States today! My last visit to Ford was two decades ago to see something called "Hot Mikado"! It was a great silly, spectaclled (Kabuki!!!) good time! I saw it with my family then, just great view... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2016

We opted for the audio tour (purchased online ahead of time for $10/each). I would say though I ended up not listening to it once there. There is enough information that you can get without the extra cost. Great tour if you include the free Ranger Talk and go across the street to the Petersen House where Lincoln died. The... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2016

It was a great experience with a lovely guide. I learned a lot about civil war time entertainment and President Lincoln's final hours. I would recommend visiting the opposite building where Lincoln died and the exhibit they have there

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Windsor Locks, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

The PLAY was boring and uninteresting. see the Park Service presentation it is free and very informative. Save yourself 5$ and skip the play.

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

The theater is preserved to give you the feeling you have went back in time. The theater box that Lincoln sat in is decorated to match the evening he was shot. The history lesson comes in the form of a short play put on by professional actors about an hour long. The cost is $5. We went at 9:30 am... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

After looking forward to visiting and being told it best to just go there and buy tickets at the door..... was so upset and disappointed that every ticket was sold out! BOOK IN ADVANCE PEOPLE!

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FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your feedback! We realize the low light levels in the museum can be frustrating; they are required to preserve the many fragile historic artifacts we have on display. More 

Potomac Falls, Virginia
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63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

Beyond the historical displays at the Ford Theater, there are ongoing performances in the theater. Unlike the Kennedy Center where your seats might be 200 feet from the stage, I think the farthest seats from the stage at Fords is 50 feet. The performances my not have Hollywood names, but the performances are first rate. We recently saw 110 in... More 

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Reviewed 4 April 2016

This museum is incredible! For Lincoln-philes and people who know little about the Civil War alike, this museum has it all! It's good for kids and history buffs and can fill 3 hours of your life! The Rangers are knowledgeable and helpful and the other staff are helpful and friendly. Ask lots of questions, you never know what you'll learn... More 

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