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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202 347-4833
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham...

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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DEAL! 11/25 Thanksgiving week- Ranger lead Q&A, Museum, Theatre, and Memorial of President Abraham Lincoln Death Place.

Wash DC is noted for free attractions both artful and historical/educational. This trip we took in FORDs theatre, and were fortunate to be able to acquire two tickets at the... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wash DC is noted for free attractions both artful and historical/educational. This trip we took in FORDs theatre, and were fortunate to be able to acquire two tickets at the Theatre box office, FREE! Which allowed us access to the museum, the theatre, with USPark Svc Ranger lead discussion, and the place where Lincoln Died across the street, which included... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While catching a show may not be on your "to-do" list, a visit to Ford's Theatre should be. We decided to kick off our holiday by seeing "A Christmas Carol" at the theatre. The history that goes along with this building makes arriving early a good choice. There is a museum below the theatre depicting the history of it and... More 

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woodland park, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is definitely high up on the DC bucket list of things to do and see. So sad and creepy, yet beautiful and meaningful at the same time. And of course you then go across the street to the little building where they tried to save him and where he lay dying. An event that was one of the worst... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Sorry to give a mediocre review, but we went twice and were unable to see the inside of the theatre due to rehearsals of a play being staged. There is a small museum in the basement that is pretty good, but would not go just for that. Call before you intend to go to find out the times when the... More 

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

Thanks for sharing your feedback! We always encourage visitors to check our daily visit schedule (available on our website) in advance of their visit. As a working theatre, sometimes tours are not available due to productions or rehearsal occurring in the space. More 

Homer, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A must visit on your DC trip. The theater where Lincoln was shot has a century of continuous tragic history few report upon. Beyond the fabulous museum, the ranger narrative and solemn of being in a place of unprecedented importance impressive modern day plays still are performed. Prearranged tickets are encouraged although most of the families we toured with walked... More 

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Easton, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Saw the matinee performance today. The venue is unbelievable and a true historical gem!! We arrived early and visited the museum downstairs. Lots of history and they even give guided tours during non-play hours. This play was great and the actors were truly committed to their performance. Two thumbs up!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the trip, easy to get to and the kids liked it! The museum in basement tells the story very well and is well depicted! Across the street see where Lincoln died and what the house looked like at the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a lover of history, and also a historic preservation professional. When I was in DC I had to make it a point to visit Ford's Theatre. I read that they offer a certain number of complimentary tickets to certain tour times so I thought I would give it a shot. I managed to get there early and stood... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a remarkable place, preserved as it was, and incoporating a fantastic museum of american history which is very easy to follow and understand. Included is also the historical house across the road where Lincoln was taken with furnish rooms as they were. Don't miss this, we came early and missed the crowds. When all the other fantastic museum... More 

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Limerick, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit to see where Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth . The visit also includes information on what happened after the shooting and the trial and punishment of others involved. The house where Lincoln died is just across the street.

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