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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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Got goose bumps when our family was there. After we went accross the street where the President died. Sad but very well preserved forfuture generations to view.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Got goose bumps when our family was there. After we went accross the street where the President died. Sad but very well preserved forfuture generations to view.

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Cottondale, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the museum and the ticking clock outlining the time to when Lincoln was assassinated as you are walking up to the theater. It is really a great thing to take in. You can take as much or as little time as you need going through it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

An actor in costume comes onstage in the character of the town marshal (or chief of police), and he gives his account of the night that Lincoln was shot in the theatre, since he was in attendance. It's a first-person account and very well done. So much so that it may leave some a bit choked up by the end.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Over the years I have been to Ford's Theatre seven times and it just keeps getting better. It seems like people never get tired of learning about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. They have expanded their museum in the basement and it does an excellent job of telling the story of the death of President Lincoln. What really has improved... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

There is a whole ton of information including a talk by one of the rangers that goes over the assassination. There are multiple floors and exhibits that give you the history of not just that night but Lincoln himself

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Matawan, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Definitely a must see!! This theater is so amazing. It's a a step through history. I loved being able to sit in the theater and learn about what took place on the night of lincolns death. Make sure to purchase tickets ahead of time. Easier to go online through ticketmaster.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Ford's Theater is a great place to visit. A couple of logistical thoughts up front: You need a ticket to get in, so if you can, you should get them on line. Usually the ticket is for a time that you can get in, but not all of the times they offer let you see the same thing, although all... More 

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I am a Lincoln fan but we actually did this tour on a whim as the Smithsonian museums opened at 10. With a toddler it made sense to do something early if possible. I went over to the theatre at 8:30 for day of tickets and was able to secure them for 9am. The museum is wonderful, so many great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

The theater was beautiful with lots of information about Lincoln's assassination. The play was entertaining, well performed, and very informative. It was a little crowded do we did not take advantage of the building across the street.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This is free, and it was really a great experience. The staff was great, and the theatre is beautiful. Don't be put-off by the long line out front--it moves very fast. It was a little confusing for us, as you must go inside (and you feel like you are cutting line) to get a free ticket, then back out to... More 

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