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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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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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Ford's Theatre was a must see stop for my boyfriend and I am so glad we went! Being in both the place our 16th president was shot and later died was surreal and left me with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Ford's Theatre was a must see stop for my boyfriend and I am so glad we went! Being in both the place our 16th president was shot and later died was surreal and left me with goosebumps. All of the Rangers working on Saturday morning (5/23) were friendly, informative, and very helpful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I saw the Mikado at Ford's Theatre and it was wonderful. Have dinner in Penn Quarter, and it is a lovely evening by any standard.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We visited with our sons, age 12 and 14, and really enjoyed our tour. I booked tickets months ahead and so there was little wait. It was really neat to read about all the history leading up to the assassination, in the museum, and then to go to the theatre and see where it actually happened. Then we visited Peterson... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

It's a fun place to visit. The plays are fine, but nothing special. The real draw is the museum and the history behind it. We went for a play, so had to buy our tickets.

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Riverview, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We did a Lincoln assassination tour last year but were not able to go to Ford's Theater...This year we made arrangements well in advance and procured tickets to be able to see what we could not last year. Ford's Theater is robust and history truly comes alive...you start first in the basement...learning about Lincoln, his office seekers, and some history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We went around 1130 in the morning and were still able to choose from day-of tickets for all afternoon tour times. We chose the last tour of the day and were not disappointed that much of the other tour crowds had dissipated and we had better access to the museum and then to see THE box where Lincoln was shot.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

It was a special opportunity to visit the place where President Lincoln spent his last living hours. The rangers were helpful. The displays were informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Ford's Theatre offers performances and also a really interesting small museum on the lower level. Take some time to visit this theatre, which is rich in history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

First, the entrance lines are long and you should plan to get tickets in advance. We were lucky; we walked right up and since there were only 2 of us we got to go in right away with a large tour group that was waiting. I don't know how often that happens (for example, we could not get into the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

While tickets are necessary to enter the Ford Theatre and the Petersen House across the street, both are free of charge. The Ford Theatre is where the assignation ofPresident Abraham Lincoln took place. Attendees learn that a doctor examined the President , saw the seriousness of the injury and so it was necessary to move him. The diagnosis was that... More 

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