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Ford's Theatre

511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
202 347-4833
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Ranked #22 of 252 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Theaters, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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... more » 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. « less
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This is not only a historically significant theatre (with a good museum), it's also an amazing place to see current performances. I get a thrill every time I see anything here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed my trip to Ford's theatre. I paid for the audio guide which was good, but not really necessary because there is a lot of information at each point of the exhibition. The ranger gave a decent talk about what happened on the night Lincoln died.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

This museum informs visitors of Lincoln's personal and political life leading up to his assassination at the theatre. Once you are finished with the Ford theatre presentation, you will be directed to the Petersen house where Lincoln died. There is a museum attached to this location which have information on Lincoln's politically and personal legacy. Very informative!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The theater and the attached museum are visitor friendly. I had booked tickets for 11 A.M., but was able to get in as soon as I arrived a half hour earlier. This is a self guided tour and about and hour should do it for the museum and the theater itself. The museum offered visual displays and an overview all... More

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Ada, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I have been to Fords as a child and with my older boys, but this time fell flat. Free, and obviously popular, but the first stop is a disjointed area of Lincoln history that is crowded. I believe that is the intent, to herd people in an anteroom area to prevent waiting outside for the theater presentation, then let people... More

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West Liberty, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Ford's theatre was one of my favorite D.C. sites...although the theatre's history is a bit morbid, it is rich in history that shouldn't be missed. Like many other D.C. Museums this one is free. I went early morning and did not feel rushed or crowded. Exhibits in the basement of the theatre were very educational and well kept. The actual... More

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

They actually turned this into a functioning theater. However, it was not as awe inspiring as I remember. It is free, and you can walk around inside the theater. There is also a "museum" of sorts. If you have extra time, and you are near this attraction, I would check it out. Also, the house across the street is where... More

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Round Rock, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We ordered our tickets in advance, so we had no waiting, which was great w/ kids. We got the audio tour guides which we enjoyed using. We started in the museum which was very informative and holds lots of interesting information. After that we were taken into the theater and one of the Rangers, Steve, gave the story of the... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Must Not Be Missed! Very special place to see the magical theatre. The play is a classic but seeing it here in such an intimate place made it so much more festive.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Lincoln. Yes, this is the place he was shot. The theater takes you back in time and is in beautiful condition. Cross the street to the excellent small museum in the house where he was taken and subsequently died.

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