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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 28 August 2016

Very interesting tour. Many are aware of John Wilkes Booth. Not as many know about his co-conspirators. The basement level has quite a few displays, and information about the time before and after the shooting. It take the better part of an hour to go...More

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Reviewed 28 August 2016

We wasn't aware of this museum and came across it by chance. A short time to queue but once inside well worth it. I would of liked more time to look around the small but informative museum before moving on to the theatre. Inside the...More

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Reviewed 27 August 2016

In spite of the horrible act that took place at Ford's Theatre, it is really lovely and some really good shows appear there. I've enjoyed every show that I've seen there, although I never can forget the terrible deed that happened there.

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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

The theatre it self is beautiful. I liked the fact you could practically walk around the entire theater. I got chills looking at where Lincoln sat when he was shot. Make sure to go across the street to see the room where he passed away.

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Reviewed 27 August 2016

so much history and well preserved. the guide was knowledgable and entertaining and exhibit was very moving. Must see.

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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We added the Ford's Theatre to our vacation agenda at the very last minute, and we sure were glad that we did! I learned so much about Lincoln as a person and also the events leading up to and after his unfortunate death. The museum...More

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Reviewed 26 August 2016

Ford's Theater is not much to look at from the outside and I thought spending a half hour there would be enough. Was I ever wrong! The downstairs museum is one of the best for information and facts about the Civil War. Upstairs, the theater...More

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Reviewed 26 August 2016

Couldn't tour the theatre the whole point of our going. The museum was available. We did visit the Petersen house which wa svery interesting. I suggest calling to make sure the theatre is opened before going.More

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FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2016

Thanks so much for your feedback! We are so sorry the theatre was closed during your visit! Our schedule does get a bit confusing because our historic site is still in use as a working theatre. We love your advice suggesting to call (202-347-4833)or to...More

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Reviewed 25 August 2016

It was definitely a treat for me to visit Ford's theater. Having read about the events which occurred there in 1865 since I was a child, I always wanted to visit. Having seen the photos of the theatre in books, or portrayed in movies, I...More

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Reviewed 25 August 2016

Ford's Theater is a working active theater with some very good productions from time to time. The theater is historic because this is where Booth murdered Abe Lincoln. The important thing to do here is to take the Museum Tour. You must get the audio...More

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maaustin2013
24 November 2017|
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Response from Arlusete | Reviewed this property |
We walked from our hotel. D.C. is easy to walk. Otherwise, take a taxi right to the door.
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cthob
6 October 2017|
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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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