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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 yesterday

You will want to see one of the morning history plays as seen through the eyes of two contemporaries of Lincoln. School youngsters are offered theater history presented by the Park Service during the afternoon. Traditional Plays are presented during the evening hours.

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Reviewed yesterday

We opted for the "One Destiny" play, museum and the Aftermath ticket package (the Peterson House was closed for renovation). The play was very-well done and gave the day-after thoughts of some of those at the assassination but not involved. One of the actors and...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Learned so much from the National Park's Ranger's reenactment of Boston Corbett's shooting of Booth!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

My spouse and I have been volunteer ushers at Ford's Theatre for years now. While the story of President Lincoln's assassination is well known (except for perhaps the dotard just a few blocks away) what ISN'T known by many is that Live Theatre is also...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

All ages NEED to experience Ford's Theatre if you're visiting DC. Prearrange tickets online and make sure to get the guided tour, if possible. The tour guides are VERY DRY, somewhat boring people, but the feel of the building and their knowledge make the experience...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Was here with a group of high school students. Saw the musical The Wiz. Many of the high school students listed this show as the high light of the trip. I would agree.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have come here multiple times. It really makes you feel like you get to know what happened to the most amazing President in our history.

Thank Neils17
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Reviewed 1 week ago

How incredible to see this location of such a moment in history. Sobering really. Kind of wish that we didn't have to sit and watch such a long depiction of the day at the theater presented by 2 actors. It was well done, but just...More

Thank Dana S
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FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for sharing your feedback! We understand that everyone has different preferences for how they learn. While you attended a performance of “One Destiny,” our two-actor show, we also offer entry times where you will experience a Ranger Talk in the theatre, where a National...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Scheduled visit on line. Paid $3 each for the visit. Auditorium is like the theater of old and made it very realistic when the story was told. Even better was a museum, no admission fee, across the street. First floor a gift shop but upper...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Got tickets online as they are limited and there are set times to tour. They are free but a small fee is added when you reserve them online. Waited in line in the rain until it was our time. Ushered into theatre where a Park...More

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Doris C
26 April 2018|
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Response from PastaBea | Reviewed this property |
The pistol is at Fords Theater. There is a great little museum downstairs that houses a lot of memorabilia.
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maaustin2013
25 November 2017|
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Response from Sharon P | Reviewed this property |
Street. We were walking.
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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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