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Ford's Theatre

511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
202 347-4833
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Ranked #22 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Theaters, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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... more » 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. « less
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Boise, Idaho
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124 reviews 124 reviews
37 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We were traveling with a tour, had pre-arranged tickets but I wasn't looking forward to it. I had to eat my words - it was definitely worth the stop as the Museum is well laid out, very informative and lots of amazing displays. Really takes you back in time. Actually, we didn't have enough time (3 hours) to feel like... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

See the historic location where Lincoln was shot! This is the type of place where you can zip through in 10 minutes or spend hours learning about Lincoln, his assassin and that fateful night at the theatre. When I have guests visiting DC, we first go downstairs to the exhibit hall where highlights include Lincoln's clothing and the murder weapon.... More

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Gaithersburg
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Lincoln museum is free in the basement, you are required to get a ticket, but they are free at the box office. Once you go downstairs there is a great review of Lincoln's Presidency and the days and hours leading up to his death. After leaving the museum, you are allowed to view the box Lincoln sat in when he... More

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Mission Viejo, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We had arranged for tickets ahead of time to get into seeing this attraction which helps if you are going at a busy time of year which I recommend doing. It was very interesting reading and seeing all the facts on what happened during his time in office and reading about the war and his death. We had head phones... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Its a fairly quick tour through all of the buildings (I highly recommend exploring all of them) and definitely worth the trip. A solemn and informative exploration of a pivotal time in our nation. We did the first tour of the morning and hit &pizza around the corner for a great lunch.

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Bartlett, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

How cool to see the actual place where Lincoln died. It is a working theater, wish we had the time would have loved to see a show there. Go see this. Really cool.

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Richmond, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Ran by the National Park Service so there is no entry cost, however, the tickets are timed. Overall, a very well done display with lots of history. Pretty amazing to stand outside the box where history was changed. The entry ticket also includes the house across the street where Lincoln died the following morning.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

With all the museums in DC, this one is a breath of fresh air. We spent about 45 minutes here and saw everything. I'd highly recommend this museum and afterwards hit up the pizza bar named Fuel around the block. Best calzone I've ever had!

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I lived in DC for a while and I am so glad that this was something I made myself do. It doesn't take too long but you do need to get a 'ticket.' It's free, but you have to sign up. They do a good job recreating the set up.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This museum was full and interesting exhibits, photos of Lincoln himself and events leading up to the night of the shooting. There are lots or videos, including one where the Gettysburg address is read out by four ex-Presidents. The theatre box where Lincoln was shot is kept as a shrine to the man. It also tells you about the funeral... More

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