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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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History at its finest

We added this on to the itinerary at the last minute and I'm so glad we did. It was much more moving than I thought it would be. The soliloquy at the end describing the nights... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 December 2015
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

We added this on to the itinerary at the last minute and I'm so glad we did. It was much more moving than I thought it would be. The soliloquy at the end describing the nights events was phenomenal. Would be an excellent place to take in a show if you have the time and funds but also highly recommend... More 

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Newnan, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2015

As if the building and the history associated with Ford's Theater wasn't enough, you can go see a play on stage. I have seen A Christmas Carol twice here (almost 30 years apart) and it was a wonderful experience each time! Take time to go see Ford's Theater!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2015

After many trips to DC, I finally got to Ford's Theatre. Each time I was there it was either under construction, closed, or I had no time to go. A very cool place to go whit an informative interactive museum.

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Point Pleasant, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015

this historic theater is the site of the LINCOLN assassination . included is the section (roped off) of the actual spot where the president was shot.

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West Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015 via mobile

Our first visit here...the national park service guides put on an accurate presentation of the story , of the assassination , of one of Americas great President's.To actually sit in this historical landmark , and imagine the last moments of one of this nations greatest leaders , is truly amazing.An absolute must see in our nations capital.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2015

While visiting here, we visited the downstairs and saw many artifacts from the night Lincoln was shot. Upstairs we watched the play "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. It is amazing and even the kids loved it!!

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Rowlett, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2015

We took the tour of the Ford Theatre Museum and stayed for A Christmas Carol. Both are wonderful. The museum is a free self guided tour but there are plenty of staff posted throughout who are experts and eager to answer questions and share the history. A Christmas Carol was a wonderful rendition. Tickets were $60 each. The theatre is... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2015

I visited in October 2015 and enjoyed Ford's theater so much. Had been here before, but now the theatre has been freshened up and the Peterson House (where President Lincoln died) has been completed renovated. The theater and museum are professional and interesting for all ages. The stage was being set up for an upcoming play so we got to... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015 via mobile

The facility and museum were one of the highlights of our trip! We saw A Christmas Carol, wonderful production!

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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

In all my years visiting D.C. I have never had the opportunity to visit Ford's Theatre. I am so glad we reserved tickets and headsets. My only complaint is that they rushed us out (I think there was a performance that afternoon). We would have liked more time. The guide did did a very good job describing an important moment... More 

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