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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
+1 202-347-4833
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This will take about two hours to be done right. You must stay for the Ranger talk. It is essential and informative. A walk across the street to the Petersen House will round out a good site but is not so essential. The theater and...More

Thank 533lewisn
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you think you know all about Lincoln and his death, you will be fascinated by what you learn. The whole theater is now open and a complete National Park has now been Made out of the location. The tours are well worth it....More

Thank APrettyLittlePark
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had no expectation going in and was so impressed with all the historical facts and trivia. Great layout, fascinating pictures. Very enjoyable. Well worth the time spent there! Don’t forget to check out the house across the street where Lincoln was transported after he...More

1  Thank Andre S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to visit the theatre. I never thought I would see the theatre let alone enter the theatre. It is a well organised tour. You get about 45minutes to explore the museum which is full of...More

Thank Grannypiglet
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether you love history or not, you will enjoy seeing the theatre and hearing about John Wilkes Booth and seeing where the Lincoln's sat.

Thank Linda R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was very neat to tour. Learned alot about the building itself which was very interesting. The gentleman that gave the speech on stage was well informed and made it interesting. Go early to get tickets and times for shows. Across the street is the actual...More

1  Thank kenny m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have lived in the DC area for years, and have attended plays at Ford's Theater, but had no idea there was a wonderful museum downstairs. I learned a great deal about the events and people involved, and it's set out clearly in easy to...More

Thank swimmom1dc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You need a ticket for the theater and the house across the street where Lincoln died, but in off season there were almost no lines. A park ranger led us into the theater (which has been restored and is used for local productions), stood on...More

Thank Rob G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I always visit the museums but I was traveling with a teenage niece and I thought she might enjoy this piece of history. We were both impressed. I learned a lot about his presidency and his enemies, I was stunned to see a handle from...More

Thank corlitto
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its ok, but nothing really impressive. Try to go when the school groups aren't going. Depending on their teacher, they can overwhelm the museum. The best part is the monologue the NPS Ranger gives in the theater. If your primary interest is seeing the theater,...More

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6 October 2017|
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Response from Kate W | Reviewed this property |
I have absolutely no idea and I don’t think previous visitors will either. Feels like a question for the theatre directly. .
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
24 May 2017|
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Response from Sharon W | Reviewed this property |
The tour and museum are self guided but includes a ranger talk in the actual theater. There are rangers available inside the museum to answer questions.