We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ford's Theatre

Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
Phone Number: 202 347-4833
Website
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Top Rated
$39*
and up
Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
91%
Ranked #20 of 185 Activities in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Theaters, Sights & Landmarks, Museums, Theater & Concerts
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham...
Useful Information: Activities for older children
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Theaters, Sights & Landmarks, Museums, Theater & Concerts
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Write a Review

1,509 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    980
    397
    100
    25
    7
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I enjoy learning about history and seeing historical artifacts so this place was on the top off my list of places to see in Washington DC. The museum was okay. I wouldn't say it was anything above the ordinary. I already knew quite a bit about the events that led to and surrounded the assassination, so I didn't spend a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
26 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

If you get the chance to see A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theater, do it. Yes, the tickets are a little expensive, and yes, they sell out so you have to get them a couple months before the play...but it is worth it. We took two children, 9 and 13, and we all had a great time. The theater is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Raleigh, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The exhibit on the top floor is excellent and the staff are knowledgeable, however, once you head downstairs to the basement area where there are a collection of items from the night of the shooting, things got a little weird for me. Lincoln has clearly been made into some kind of saint, which is completely inaccurate. I won't go into... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
orlando
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

When I was reading the brochure afterward, I learned that Ford's Theatre was gutted at some point and that everything was recreated at a later date. That may or may not matter to you. But from what I overheard from my fellow tourists I do not believe this is widely known. So--- the presidents theatre box that you're staring at... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
East Windsor, New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

What a great place to see a play as they viewed them over a hundred years ago. Nice museum downstairs and make the time tio see Lincoln's balcony.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ann Arbor
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We arrived just as our tour time was letting in, so maybe I missed some instructions, but first off, tickets are on a first come first served basis and are free, or you can order them online for a nominal fee which we did. The tour first leads you down to the museum where you visited for about 20 mins... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Newton, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

You might walk right by and not even know that you are passing such an important part of U.S. history. There is a small museum and a presentation by a park service representative in the theatre that was very informative. I highly recommend stopping by, I believe I was there for a total of two hours including visiting the house... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Topeka, Kansas
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

While the theatre and the place of Lincolns death, across the street, are enveloped in new architecture, the reality stands out when you are inside the two areas. You will be glad you went.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Succasunna, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Our trip to Ford's Theatre was great. As you may have seen from my other reviews, I'm not much of a history buff but I really enjoyed this place. This place has SOOO much information and there is not enough time to go through it all because the tickets for the ranger talk are timed and once the ranger talk... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Palm Harbor, Florida
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We saw A Christmas Carol and really enjoyed the experience. The theater is so small and intimate, there isn't a bad seat in the house. The chairs are comfortable and the production was wonderful.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Ford's Theatre also viewed

 

Been to Ford's Theatre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Ford's Theatre and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Ford's Theatre staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?