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Ford's Theatre

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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202 347-4833
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Very interesting tour - not too far from the FBI Headquarters. Lots of schools bring their students to this location. It's all surrounded by numerous vendors selling T-shirts... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very interesting tour - not too far from the FBI Headquarters. Lots of schools bring their students to this location. It's all surrounded by numerous vendors selling T-shirts, souvenirs, food, and beverages. You have it all - right there!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

There is a constant line outside of Ford's theater but that is because the entrances are timed and they let everyone in on schedule. You must schedule your free ticket ahead of time. On arrival, You first go into the basement of the theater that houses a museum of artifacts (the pistol that killed Lincoln, Lincoln's suit from that day),... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I have been to Washington DC many times and this attraction is always on my list. The historical significance is overwhelming. Just to sit in this theater and look up at Lincoln's theater box brings tears to your eyes. This time I took my granddaughter and we attended as play at the theater. A marvelous experience. The attraction is free... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I wasn't really sure what to expect at the Ford Theatre. I read the reviews from other travelers and it sounded like a long wait if you went for free or a short wait with timed paid tickets. Truth be told, there's NO free entrance anymore. It's all done via pre-purchased timed entry tickets, which made the experience very fluid... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It was so amazing to be in the theatre that Abraham and his wife were in. The museum in the basement is so informative.

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Mobile, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

I wanted to go inside the Ford's Theatre again as I did as a child but parking was not findable. I did briefly jump out of the car and see the outside while my friend circled the block.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Not only is this a place of historical significance, it also is still used for plays and concerts. The park ranger that provided the presentation was knowledgeable and stayed after his presentation to answer questions which was a nice touch. He seemed very engaged and 3enjoyed his job. Definitle added a nice touch to the tour. Ford's Theatre has implemented... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

It is interesting to see exactly where President Ford was shot. Also interesting to see Peterson House, where he was carried to and later died. Tickets are timed entry tickets and are also available the same day. Admission is free but the tickets go fast!

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Wheaton, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

While it is well-known that this is the place where President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, it is not as well-known that this is still a working theatre. When you are in DC, be sure to visit this historic place. During the high tourist seasons (starting in late March), the lines could be long with school trips and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Ford's Theatre was something I had planned to visit and I am very glad that I took the time to visit! The tour was thoroughly enjoyable and lively. I really enjoyed seeing history unfold! The House where Lincoln Died was also very eerie and yet a great place to see. There is some waiting involved, however, that should not hinder... More 

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Additional Information about Ford's Theatre

Address: Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202 347-4833
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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