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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 #23 of 252 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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

It had been years since I had been at Ford's Theater, probably on a family trip when I was in elementary school. This time, in July, my wife and I took our two elementary-aged children to Ford's Theater, and I was amazed by how much more there is now. The theater is just a short walk from the Mall or... More

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Abilene, Texas, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This attraction has improved a lot since our last visit 13 years ago. I'm glad to see it is being taken care of. The waiting line outside could be improved, and I felt like we were very crowded and rushed through the museum section, but otherwise it was a very good experience.

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The Villages, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This stop was just plain awesome, so moving, so sad. Be sure to visit the museum, and most definitely walk over to the house where Lincoln died --- again, very moving.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Step back into history and relive the night of April 15, 1895 as you visualize the making of history. The price of admission is free, parking is available beneath the theater at a cost of about $20. The Petersen House is directly across the street where Lincoln died, and is free admission. This is a must see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

On April 14, 1865, five days after Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, a southern sympathizer. The sites of his untimely passing: the theatre where he was shot and the house where he died, are preserved as Ford's Theatre National Historic Site. But when visitors come here, they should keep in mind not just the... More

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Marlboro, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Recently my husband & I toured Ford's Theater. You begin by walking through an area of artifacts and pictures from the era. Most are originals. The staff are well informed and will easily tell you the story behind anything you see. Then you walk into Fords Theater and take a seat. My husband & I sat in the front row,... More

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Buffalo, New York
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184 reviews 184 reviews
56 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I consider this a "must see" when visiting DC. Profoundly moving experience and site of one the greatest tragedies in US history. All Americans should visit this place and seriously reflect. I also commend the Park Service guides. Great job

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Many people don't go off the Mall to see this historical place. So worth the 15 minute walk. First off, it is free like all the other monuments in Washington; secondly, they have a great museum in the basement which enthralled the whole family for almost an hour prior to going into the actual theater above and seeing where Lincoln... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The line outside made me nervous but it moved quickly and it was our turn in no time. I didn't realize the first room we were brought to would be similar to a museum exhibit. There was a nice amount of educational material and interesting historical pieces displayed. They send you in waves into the theatre. For some reason none... More

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Oneida, Wisconsin
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22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

They have finished the restoration and it is a really great venue. It is free but you still have to get admission tickets inside for the theater, downstairs museum, and Peterson house across the street (where Lincoln died). BE SURE that you see ALL you want to see in the downstairs museum BEFORE you go upstairs for the presentation by... More

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