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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 #28 of 461 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Theaters, History museums, Theater & Concerts, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham...
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Type: Historic sites, Theaters, History museums, Theater & Concerts, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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Houston
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We came at our Thursday afternoon appointment time. Unlike previous posters, we spent almost two hours looking around Ford's theatre (we had audio tour) where we saw the gun that John Wilke's booth shot Lincoln with, heard and saw History of Lincoln's life. I found the timelines from the day Lincoln was shot (one from Lincoln and one from Booth)... More 

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Palm Springs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Visiting Ford's theater and the boarding house across the street is interesting for it's historical value primarily. It was slow when we were there so we were finished in about 30 minutes. Talk to the rangers there they have all of the interesting information.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The tour starts in the basement of the theatre where there is a museum. There is not a lot of space and it can get very crowded if tour groups are there at the same time. I recommend the audio tour since it allows you to learn about the history without having to fight the crowds. Just find a quiet... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This little place is AMAZING! Be sure to get into the theater while there. On the day we visited they were getting ready for a show and thus we needed to get into the theater part right away. It was closed in the PM for rehearsals. Be sure to cross the street also to see the house where Lincoln died.... More 

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Holbrook, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I have been to Ford's Theater twice during my two visits to the nation's capital and both times I have visited there was always something new. One must see the place where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

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Bay Village, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Saw a very good play about Mrs. Lincoln. Museum was closed for some reason. Becasue people complained about the wicker seats which was more to the times of the theatre they put in more comfortable seats which took away from the historical scene

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Leonardtown, Maryland, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Its really surreal to see where the shot was fired and to see the gun that killed a great man, Something that all Americans should go see.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

i was so excited to go to Ford Theater. We had bought timed entry on 1 of the coldest days in years in D.C. Our time to enter was 11:30am. We arrived early but we're told we couldn't get in early. No problem. We returned about 5-10 minutes before entry time and lobby was crowded because it was freezing out.... More 

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

We are so sorry you did not enjoy your experience at Ford’s Theatre! We would love to follow up with you directly about your experience—would you mind emailing visit@fords.org with the date and time of your visit? More 

Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

First visit to Ford's Theater and attended an exceptional play, The Widow Lincoln. It was startling and moving to sit quietly in the orchestra to hear the music of the day. Then startling and moving to hear a gunshot and see a flash come from the President's box. Couldn't spend as much time in the museum and the house across... More 

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Corona, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Another must stop when visiting Washington DC. The balcony where Lincoln was shot and the building across the street where he passed away are well preserved. Museum is located in the basement. A few blocks north of the Mall. Can walk here from the Mall but they do have public parking at the location. Minimal entry fee to tour the... More 

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