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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202 347-4833
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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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My sister, gf, and I went to see the glass menagerie last night. Very melancholy story line, but sitting in the theatre was a wonderful experience. It's much smaller than i... read more

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Mobile, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My sister, gf, and I went to see the glass menagerie last night. Very melancholy story line, but sitting in the theatre was a wonderful experience. It's much smaller than i imagined. Don't just tour it, see a play there!!

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A must do for DC visitors, coupled with the house across the street where President Lincoln died from the wounds incurred here. Take in a show if time allows and you are transported back to the day, appreciating the decades and energies of performances and audiences who have entered these doors for a respite from, or insights into the world... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been to Ford's Theatre many times over the years. The theatre, performances, and, museum have always been a great place to visit and to learn about the circumstances of President Lincoln's death. Visitors to Washington, DC have always wanted this attraction to be included on their "must see," lists. Since the remodel and additions, this request has increased!... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great place to witness history. It used to be more accessible to go right up to Lincoln's Booth and see the actual bullet hole, but now you have to pay to see it. I'm not impressed with that. The little museum next door is great to learn and across the street is more history. Great quick little... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visiting Ford's is like taking a step back in time. The basement includes a museum devoted to Lincoln. It has artifacts from the assignation. You can walk across the street to see the house where Lincoln was taken after he was shot and where he died. Back to the theater, it's a small theater with great shows. There isn't a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I went and saw a production of The Glass Menagerie at The Ford's Theatre. The actors were talented, the venue is historic as well as fully functional, and the production was great. My only recommendation is that you separate the related museums and the theatre experience by going to an evening performance and not a matinee. I went to a... More 

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a treasure and definitely worth a visit. Maybe you will hear the monotone speaker who is actually entertaining. I highly recommend Ford's Theatre.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the most memorable visits from our trip to DC. The museum below the theater is very interesting, but the theater itself was so interesting to see. We also walked across the street to the boarding house and small museum next door. The tower of books about Lincoln was really neat to see.

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Alexandria, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although you read about the night Lincoln was assassinated sitting in the theater and Brad telling the story really brought history alive.m

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Stuarts Draft, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to Ford's theater for 3 years in a row now to see the Christmas Carol. The Play is a very good quality show. The best thing I like about the theater is the history associated with it. Make sure that you arrive in time to go through the museum and see the exhibit about Abraham Lincoln, it's... More 

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