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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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Off the Beaten Path but worth the side trip

We were fortunate in visiting Ford's Theater coincidental with an exhibit being open to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the assasination of Pres Lincoln. Tickets are free... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We were fortunate in visiting Ford's Theater coincidental with an exhibit being open to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the assasination of Pres Lincoln. Tickets are free - but strongly recommend obtaining tickets on line ahead of time - there's a good chance they will be sold out at the gate. We were fortunate to see a one act play... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We were there for the 150th anniversary of the assassination so we had extra fun but it's a really interesting place. The "ranger" talk was so good - a re-enacter police chief who did a great job portraying what that night must have been like. The house where he died (across the street) is small but moving and the education... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Nothing but goo things to say about the theater and the house museum across the street. We arrived to discover that the theater and it's downstairs museum was closed due to a performance, but were told we could see the house where he died. But we discover that buying tickets for Freedom Song that night (the matinee was running now),... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Ford's Theater and the Petersen House made for a fun Sunday afternoon visit! Our tickets were for 3 pm and we had the Audio tour. We did not have enough time in the museum to do the entire audio tour before we had to go up to the theater for our presentation. Before we went to the Petersen House we... More 

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West Point, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

It is cool that they restored the theatre. The history in the basement was very interesting. The opportunity to walk upstairs into the balcony and look at the location Lincoln was killed was sobering. It's nice that it is still a working theatre after renovations. We were unable to continue the tour across the street but we'll catch it on... More 

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Huntington Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Got there early for a ticket to museum and tour (check the schedule, they don't do both at every time) and we really enjoyed this educational and history enveloping experience. Don't leave the museum for the theater until you are done, you can't go back in after. Especially interesting as the 150 year observation of Lincoln's death is upon us.... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Ford's Theater and the Petersen House are re-created inside, and the National Park Service guides are pretty hit & miss. If you want to be stepped through what happened, you need to take the time to read and view all the terrific relics in the museum here and at the attached new Learning Centre. But the relics and written information... More 

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San Diego, CA, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The Ford Theater is very important of course from a history aspect, but the tour itself of the theater and the house across the street where he died is a little anti-climactic. If you are bored and have seen everything else in DC, then this would be a good stop. Otherwise, take in the other sites instead of waiting an... More 

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Yorktown, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Visited during a busy spring break week and were unable to get tickets online. Got in line early and got tickets for 10:30 for the one act play. Very good show. Came back in the evening to go through the Peterson House and see the display of artifacts. Unbelievable amount of historical items all in one place. Lincoln's coat and... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

You need a ticket to see the theatre. However, the tickets are free. The Peterson House is a must see along with the Ford's Theatre as this is where President Lincoln was taken to after the shooting.

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