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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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Great history lesson!

The narrator was an excellent speaker and we learned alot about the history of this place and what actually took place. We visited the day prior to the Anniversary of Lincoln's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The narrator was an excellent speaker and we learned alot about the history of this place and what actually took place. We visited the day prior to the Anniversary of Lincoln's death, so it was extra special to be there at that time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

While its proximity to Lincoln's Waffle House is a bit jarring, Ford's Theater & the related nearby buildings are indispensable parts of any visit to Washington, DC. As you walk through this theater, you are witness to one of the most tragic & transformative events in America's history & the life & death of the man at its center. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Get your tickets early online or go the day of no later than 7:00am for tickets to be given out at 8:30am at Ford's Theater. Self tour with a Park Ranger discussing and answering questions about President Lincoln's assassination in the main part of the theater. Special ear phones can be purchased at the visitors center, but not necessary! 2... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Beyond belief, the feeling I had while in Ford Theatre. I had always thought it was larger than it really is. It is easy to see how someone could get close enough to a president to attack.

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Princeton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We purchased advanced tickets with audio. The tour was great and very educational. The only issue was the groups of kids that were not learning and playing around. The audio was very informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Ford's Theatre was a must see stop for my boyfriend and I am so glad we went! Being in both the place our 16th president was shot and later died was surreal and left me with goosebumps. All of the Rangers working on Saturday morning (5/23) were friendly, informative, and very helpful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I saw the Mikado at Ford's Theatre and it was wonderful. Have dinner in Penn Quarter, and it is a lovely evening by any standard.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We visited with our sons, age 12 and 14, and really enjoyed our tour. I booked tickets months ahead and so there was little wait. It was really neat to read about all the history leading up to the assassination, in the museum, and then to go to the theatre and see where it actually happened. Then we visited Peterson... More 

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Triangle, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

It's a fun place to visit. The plays are fine, but nothing special. The real draw is the museum and the history behind it. We went for a play, so had to buy our tickets.

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Riverview, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We did a Lincoln assassination tour last year but were not able to go to Ford's Theater...This year we made arrangements well in advance and procured tickets to be able to see what we could not last year. Ford's Theater is robust and history truly comes alive...you start first in the basement...learning about Lincoln, his office seekers, and some history... More 

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