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Ford's Theatre

Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
Phone Number: 202 347-4833
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Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour in Washington...
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Ranked #22 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Theaters, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Theaters, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Dallas, Texas
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

This was our first visit to the inside of Ford's Theater and I am so glad we took the time to go inside. Very educational.

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St. Marys, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We took our son and girlfriend to see A Christmas Carol. It was our second year seeing this performance at the Ford's Theatre. The cast, costumes, atmosphere and production are first rate! We are avid theatre goers, and this performance is as enjoyable as you could find. A very homey environment in a classic theatre with great historic significance. And,... More 

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The theater and museum are free and provide and excellent recounting of the time. It provided a good insight into Lincoln the man. Good for both adults and children. The International Spy Museum is around the corner, another fun place.

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Perth
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35 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I saw 'A Christmas Carol' and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The theatre is in the heart of DC and there are plenty of shops, pubs and restuarants to visit before or after a show. The Presidential Booth is easy to see from the stalls and has been treated with respect by the theatre. Try to book a show and... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We were in the area of the Spy Museum and Portrait Gallery and thought we would pop in. We were glad we did! It was free and being from Illinois worth the trip to see some really cool Lincoln artifacts. A nice collection of Lincoln papers, the revolver used in the assassination, and of course the theater box memorial to... More 

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Sherwood, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a wonderful, historic theater. Seats are good regardless of where you are. The sound was just right. Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was absolutely fabulous at this theatre. The actors and actresses were brilliant.

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taylor lake village, tx
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

When walking in, the biggest billings were for the sponsors, not the contents of the theater. Christmas shows took front and center, so a tour of the theater itself was on the site's back burner. Very disappointing. Learned more interesting information and facts across the street at the site where Lincoln actually died.

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

Thanks for your feedback! We are so sorry you were disappointed with your visit. Ford’s Theatre manages the museum underneath the theatre, the historic theatre, the house across the street and the Center for Education and Leadership, which contains additional exhibits about Lincoln. As a working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center, we serve many purposes, but we... More 

Capon Springs, West Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a very nice theatre, besides the history that it holds. We sat in the balcony and the seats were comfortable and very good. The sound was just right, too. The stage seemed like it wasn't too far away, and we could see quite well. We saw Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" which was superb. I'd never seen it so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Absolutely loved the performance. Seats were comfortable, excellent customer service and a cute little gift shop.

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Sparta, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

this is the first time I've gone to the theatre, it is in magnificent condition and the people who work there are very informed which helped a lot

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