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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 4 December 2016

It was unbelievable to be here and at the house across the street where Lincoln died. Arrive early and get tickets for both the theater and the basement museum. In the theater you'll see the President's box and hear from the ranger about the history....More

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Reviewed 3 December 2016

Just saw Ford's Theatre's 2016 "A Christmas Carol" this afternoon and it's even better than last year! There have been a number of cast changes from last year, including Craig Wallace as the 'new' Scrooge. The production, while similar to previous years', nevertheless has been...More

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Reviewed 2 December 2016

The Theatre now has at least 2 buildings, one across the street from another. It has negative association with the assassination of the President. Yet, the Theatre is an amazing architectural landmark of US history.

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Reviewed 30 November 2016

Always enjoy visiting here. The facility looks much the same as when Lincoln was assasinated in 1865. A museum downstairs houses many of the original artifacts from those troubling times.

Thank Lamar J
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

We wanted to go here to learn about President Lincoln. I learned that they still have plays here so we booked "A Christmas Carol". My kids (17 and 11) both loved it. This was one of the highlights of the trip. We got there early...More

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Reviewed 27 November 2016

If visiting Washington, DC, try to visit Ford's Theatre. It's only a few blocks up from one of the Smithsonians & very interesting. If going at a busy time, it's worth paying a service fee online for the otherwise free tickets. It will assure that...More

1  Thank AnonE-Mous
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Reviewed 27 November 2016

This theatre is historic and beautiful. If you can see a show there, you should, and you can also visit the museum prior to the show. It is not a large theatre so any seat would be good but sitting in the orchestra and looking...More

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Reviewed 26 November 2016

In my many years traveling to DC, I'd walk by the Ford Theater on my way to other museums. This year I decided to visit. (Tip - use their website to book your guaranteed time slot. Although tickets at the window are free for the...More

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Reviewed 25 November 2016

The Ford's Theater museum tour was so full of information, photos, and artifacts that you could spend hours there. We also attended a fabulous performance of "A Christmas Carol" while there. It was well worth it!

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Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Show we say was just ok. But place takes you back in time. Where Lincoln sat is preserved. Just need to attend a building so old. Pick your show carefully. Lol

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maaustin2013
24 November 2017|
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Response from Sharon P | Reviewed this property |
Street. We were walking.
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cthob
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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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