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Ford's Theatre

Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
Phone Number: 202 347-4833
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Ranked #22 of 232 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Theaters, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

I actually went a couple years ago but I guess you can only go back so far. This was the best of several museums I visited. To see where Lincoln was shot was truly historical.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

This is a very special place that allows you to travel back in time to April, 1865 and experience the place where Lincoln was murdered. It is a deeply moving experience, including the house across the street where he died. History is truly alive here and it should be high on the list of places to visit in Washington, DC.

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Arlington Heights
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119 reviews 119 reviews
29 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This is a MUST-SEE in Washington DC. Although I have been here many times, I always learn something new. There is a wonderful Ranger presentation. Do not miss the Peterson House, either!!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I saw a play but it's worth going just to se where Lonciln was shot. Also across the street is the house where he was taken to get medical help. The only bad thing is that area is HIGH tourist area. Lots of cheap tee shirts and so on.

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31 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We bought our tickets online for this attraction a few weeks before our trip to guarantee that we would see both the theatre and the building across the street. I'm glad we did because the Saturday we went was really busy. Quite a good experience with a short presentation explaining events.

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McClure, Ohio, United States
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The staff was super nice. My only issue, was the guide started talking before we all were able to climb the stairs. So my son and I missed a section of the talk. It would've been nice to have heard the whole thing as he has trouble climbing stairs, I think the guide should have waited. He was nice though... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I'm not a big theater buff, but occasionally I'll go see something. I went with my daughter to see Driving Miss Daisy. The performance was great and the theater was lovely. We were in the balcony and the view was wonderful. Next time, I truly hope that I will have time to tour the museum as well.

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Maryville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Whether or not you are big on history, this is really a must visit when you go to DC. It's just part of our heritage. The fact that one of our Presidents sat in that same building, and then lost his life, just stirs emotions within you. The building is beautifully preserved and you are allowed as much time as... More

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Long Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

The theatre is worth a visit because it is beautifully preserved in addition to being historically significant. I was fortunate to get to see their annual Christmas Carol performance, and it was delightful. The cast was super entertaining and very talented. The music including many of the traditional Christmas carols sung by the cast was a lovely enhancement to the... More

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Ford's theater is a fairly small building. The historical significance alone makes it worth seeing, though the theater itself is interesting. The museum in the basement isn't overwhelming, but gives a great overview of Lincoln's life and real detail about the assassination. While it's all interesting, you can probably see the most interesting things in just 20-30 minutes. You can... More

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