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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 254 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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Bromley
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

was worth finding! I booked a ticket for a performance of Driving Miss Daisy. A ticket to the play entitled me to a programme and entry to the small but excellent Abraham Lincoln Musuem within the theatre. In the hour or so before the performance I took in the museum and was impressed with its display. I also had time... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

It is hard to put into words the emotion that comes over you while visiting the the Ford theatre. Just knowing that one of our greatest President's life was cut short in this very place is incredibly moving. It is very well done and the exhibits are informative. I especially like the video of our past Presidents reciting the Gettysburg... More

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This was a great experience. I would also suggest that people go across the street and experience The House Where Lincoln Died which looks at the beginning as though it would be a quick trip when in fact, it is very thorough and worthwhile. Also, it is free! The Ford's Theatre is not.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Great historical experience! Knowing that we had limited time in Washington D.C., my wife and I bought tickets through Ticket Master to guarantee a specific tour day and time slot. The tickets were free, but we just had to pay the Ticket Master fee. We also purchased the audio tour which gave us additional information on the exhibits and artifact's... More

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Mobile, AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The tour of the location is worth it. The Park Ranger gave a very interesting talk in the theatre about the events of that fateful night. The Peterson House is included and something everyone should see. They have all the books on Lincoln which is nearly 4 stories tall! Driving Miss Daisy was fun to see.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We had just decided to take in a show while in Washington and weren't aware of the significance of the theatre but strange to know now that this is where Lincoln was shot. We saw Driving Miss Daisy. It was an evening performance and the tkts were around $30 each which was good value as the show was excellent. There... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Very crowded on the weekend. Good tour guides, even if they might be a little over the top. Museum below the theater is worth the time. Only certain tours get to see this and I recommend it. I'm a history nut so it all suited me just fine. If you are too, then I would count it as a 'don't... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

It's so surreal being in places with so much history. This is my first visit to DC (I'm 32) and seeing the place where Lincoln was shot, a story that I've known since childhood, was beyond fascinating. Make sure to cross the street and visit the Petersen House where President Lincoln died.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Ford Theatre. The historical layout and informational timeline that is shared is magnificent. I loved the giftshop, where every book ever written about Abraham Lincoln was stacked through a three story building! Such an impact. IF you ever get the chance to go to a production, that's just as good, in a different... More

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nashville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

I learned so much!!! Took 3 kids aged 8,8,6 and we all enjoyed it. Toured the Petersen house where Lincoln was taken after he was shot and then hit the ford theatre. Was a very cool museum with artifacts, old photos, videos , and statues followed up my 25' presentation in the theatre by a ranger. All in all took... More

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