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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202 347-4833
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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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Nice show, nice little museum, a nice bit of history

We have enjoyed everything about this place: wonderful play A Christmas Carol, nice little museum in the basement (the actual gun used to kill president Lincoln), sealed balcony... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Sorina D
Vienna, Austria

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have enjoyed everything about this place: wonderful play A Christmas Carol, nice little museum in the basement (the actual gun used to kill president Lincoln), sealed balcony where Lincoln was killed .... just a very pleasant evening.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whether you've braved the trip from across the Potomac or across the country, you're in for a treat. Time your visit to coincide with a show, and you're in for a nearly indescribable thrill! The Theatre Company is worth the trip by itself; but set on this particular stage, I dare you to leave not utterly astounded by the history... More 

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Parkland, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful and very informative morning at the famed Ford's Theater. It was very well organized, although I would have liked a little more time to see all of the exhibits before going into the theater to be seated. There a park ranger described in great detail that fateful evening when Lincoln was shot. Seeing the box seats... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I learned a lot at this stop. Tour was given by a well qualified young man and we enjoyed the theater presentation. I must stop for anyone not just history buffs.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our experience with Ford's theater is the Park Service Ranger makes a huge difference in the quaity of the visit. On this visit the Ranger was not the best we've had and actually gave some inaccurate information. Nevertheless, I get goose bumps every time I go to Ford's Theatre. On the flip side, the Ranger in the Petersen House was... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wash DC is noted for free attractions both artful and historical/educational. This trip we took in FORDs theatre, and were fortunate to be able to acquire two tickets at the Theatre box office, FREE! Which allowed us access to the museum, the theatre, with USPark Svc Ranger lead discussion, and the place where Lincoln Died across the street, which included... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While catching a show may not be on your "to-do" list, a visit to Ford's Theatre should be. We decided to kick off our holiday by seeing "A Christmas Carol" at the theatre. The history that goes along with this building makes arriving early a good choice. There is a museum below the theatre depicting the history of it and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely high up on the DC bucket list of things to do and see. So sad and creepy, yet beautiful and meaningful at the same time. And of course you then go across the street to the little building where they tried to save him and where he lay dying. An event that was one of the worst... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Sorry to give a mediocre review, but we went twice and were unable to see the inside of the theatre due to rehearsals of a play being staged. There is a small museum in the basement that is pretty good, but would not go just for that. Call before you intend to go to find out the times when the... More 

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

Thanks for sharing your feedback! We always encourage visitors to check our daily visit schedule (available on our website) in advance of their visit. As a working theatre, sometimes tours are not available due to productions or rehearsal occurring in the space. More 

Homer, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A must visit on your DC trip. The theater where Lincoln was shot has a century of continuous tragic history few report upon. Beyond the fabulous museum, the ranger narrative and solemn of being in a place of unprecedented importance impressive modern day plays still are performed. Prearranged tickets are encouraged although most of the families we toured with walked... More 

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