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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
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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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Beautifully restored with interesting little museum on the ground floor

Okay, let's start with the really interesting fact: the gun that shot lincoln is teeny-weeny. The Theater has been beautifully renovated and they put on great shows as well as... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2016
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

Okay, let's start with the really interesting fact: the gun that shot lincoln is teeny-weeny. The Theater has been beautifully renovated and they put on great shows as well as ones that coordinate with the tours that are historic in nature. We saw Little Shop of Horrors here several years ago and sat next tot he President's box, which was... More 

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Yonkers, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

We came here on the on and off bus and after eating in the area discovered we did not have enough time to do a tour....while we were disappointed we did pose in front for photos!!!! so, I urge you to plan your day better than us and do the tour......it is so accessible from the on and off bus... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

Visiting Ford's Theatre requires planning because they only have so many tickets per day. You will see the theatre and presidential box with a little imagination you see, smell and hear the tragedy of Booth's actions.

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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 29 March 2016

First - if you need to get tickets you have to go in the first set of doors where the giant line forms. THEN you take your tickets and get in the giant line. Wish someone would have told us that - would have saved some time and frustration getting in. For $5 a person you can get in the... More 

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FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks so much for sharing your feedback! We apologize you were confused by the line outside the theatre! Our signage and staff always try to convey the purpose of the line—which, as you said, is where patrons with tickets stand before entering the theatre—but we recognize that the information may be hard to understand given how busy our theatre can... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

Didn't really think about Fords Theater with everything else happening in DC. But it was definitely worth going to learn the details and history of Lincolns Assassination. They had a historic actor play the part of Police Chief that was there that night. I will see that we got there at 9:15 during Spring Break week and they were booked... More 

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Burkburnett, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Kind of off the path and hard to find, but well worth the visit because of the historical nature of the location. A def must see!

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New York
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Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

There are a few facts you should know right off the bat: 1) if you know your exact itinerary, pay the small fee and book your tickets online (ditto for the Washington Monument; 2) otherwise, get up at 7AM and stand in line for the free tickets (distribution starts at 8:30AM); 3) check the website before you do either #1... More 

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FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback! On days when there is inclement weather, we make every effort to allow patrons to wait inside as long as possible before lining up for your entry. More 

Tonawanda, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2016

You have to buy tickets,but they are reasonable. The museum was well done. The show was a different view of Lincoln's assassination. It was nicely done.

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Redmond, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Decided to take in a show at an historical theater. Must known by the Lincoln assassination, this is been remodeled and is still being used as an active liver performance venue. The box seats that Lincoln occupied are closed off but decorated to memorialize the historical site. The regional show we watched was very enjoyable. The cast had good voices... More 

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Reviewed 25 March 2016

This was a great tour and museum. I would recommend getting the audio device; you get to learn a lot of things about the items you are viewing, instead of just reading the cards. You also get to go across the street to the house that Lincoln died in. Truly a great experience.

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