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Ford's Theatre

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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
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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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Ford's Theatre is really three attractions. There is the theatre itself. We attended "A Christmas Carol" there on Dec 27, 2015. It was a wonderful performance, and the theatre is... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016

Ford's Theatre is really three attractions. There is the theatre itself. We attended "A Christmas Carol" there on Dec 27, 2015. It was a wonderful performance, and the theatre is good for acoustics. I was in the balcony across from the Lincoln Box (amazing to even think of that) and the dialogue, singing, and music were all clear without being... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016

The theater presents excellent plays and musicals. The museum in the basement presents the assassination of Lincoln thoughtfully with the associated items (Booth's gun, Lincoln's clothing, etc.). This is a must experience for any local or traveler to Washington, DC. You pay, of course, to see a play in the theater as it was that tragic night, but the museums... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

We were here for a week, so we had time to visit the Ford Theatre. Very interesting but not a top Washington Attraction if you don't have the time for it.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

This site holds so much National significance. The museum is first rate and powerful. To see the pistol used by Booth was haunting. The theatre is beautiful and easy to move around.

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Livingston, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

THe museum, the theater and the Peterson house across the street are a must see when in DC. Our favorite site out of many that we visited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

I went with my husband and three kids HS/College aged It was interesting and my regret - then and now - is that I could not stay there longer...family wanted to go onot other places (next time they can go and I will stay ;) !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

The Ford's Theater is AMAZING to say the least. It starts about a week before the assassination and explains the events in both Lincoln's and Boothe's days. The timeline is fascinating and what happened to some of the people after the death of our president is enlightening. Then to wee the actual box where he was murdered gave such a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

Another great free activity in DC. This includes the museum, the theatre itself and the house across the road where Lincoln actually died. Quality information in all locations, displayed to provide context leading up to and after the assassination - interesting and thought-provoking. Highlight for us were the fabulous docents who added drama, and background - find them and ask... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

I know it wasn't their fault, but while we were in the museum they just made the whole 11 am group leave the theater because of some threat, we waited for a couple of hours and no one told anything or offered to come back another time. The personnel is not trained for these situations. Very frustrating

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

Ford's Theatre is an amazing place to be. We saw the play "A Christmas Carol" and were on the edge of our seats during the entire performance. It is a small theatre and the sight of Lincoln's assassination. Seeing the box as it was on that dreadful day left me speechless. Before the play started, we were able to take... More 

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