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Petersen Boarding House

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Address: 516 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1401
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Crowded Space and Linger Longers Make Viewing Difficult.

We found the space crowded and difficult to view adequately. You progress in linear fashion through the house and people tended to linger at each exhibit. We eventually just... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Robert C
Redlands, California
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Redlands, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 368 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We found the space crowded and difficult to view adequately. You progress in linear fashion through the house and people tended to linger at each exhibit. We eventually just skipped portions out of frustration. One solution would be to make sure you are at the front of the pack. Another would be to skip ahead and then move backwards, or... More 

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were not able to get tickets to Ford's Theatre due to a performance while we were there, but we were able to go to Petersen House. This place is fascinating. To see where Lincoln died is a must for any History buff. Also the museum here is excellent. This was by far one of the best places if you... More 

Thank Misty J
Clovis, New Mexico
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After Ford's Theater we walked across the street to see the Peterson Boarding House where President Lincoln died. None of the furniture is original, but very well-done authentic 1865 period pieces. Take your time and read all the plaques. There's also a replica of the funeral train and flag-draped casket. The stack of books about Lincoln was impressive and fun... More 

Thank Diana F
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Place where Lincoln died of his mortal wound, a must stop after touring Fords Theater across the street.

Thank Shipbird1969
Crestview, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

The house where President Lincoln died is a must visit after you go to Ford's Theater. There are 3 rooms, with the appropriate time period furnishings. Take you time to read all the plaque's. Then next, take the elevator up to the top floor of the adjoining museum. Worth the time to check out the artifacts and history.

Thank ScubaRock
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We weren't able to tour the Ford Theater because all the tickets were sold out, but crossed the street, waited in line for 10 minutes and entered the house where Lincoln passed away. It is beautifully set up with staff ready to answer any questions you have. We learned so much and it was so cool to view some original... More 

Thank Amy E
Longboat Key, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

My 10 y/o son and I popped into here since the Ford Theater had a show playing and was not open for touring. What a surprising treasure of the tragic events surrounding Booth's murder of Lincoln and the conspiracy that accompanied it. The final hours of Lincoln, the room where he died, the 12-day pursuit of Booth, etc. All of... More 

Thank bwhoover64
Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

Waited a long time out on the sidewalk to get in...worth it!! the history that happened here. 3 rooms are on display, then take an elevator to a museum.

Thank jlantern3
United States
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

Other reviewers have done an excellent job describing this National Parks site ... so we wanted to add a few comments about the "Center for Education & Leadership" located directly adjacent to the Petersen Boarding House. "Same Day" admission is Free, with hours of operation between 9:30 am -> 6 pm. We often volunteer at Ford's Theatre -- so between... More 

Thank Still-Enjoying-Life
San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Across from Ford's Theatre, this is the boarding house where Lincoln died. Included in the Ford's tour, this is a worthwhile stop. Going through the area where Lincoln died is pretty fast. From there, you go to the museum portion of the building -- that actually takes 20-30 minuted to adequately visit.

Thank SDBeachbum

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