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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 #21 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Kenora, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

If you loved the movie LINCOLN then this tour is a must. The tickets are free or you can pre- order them online for $3.75 per person. The tour starts in the basement with the museum then goes into the theatre and ends across the street at the Peterson House. The museum is very informative and has the actual gun... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It's such an important place in our history, and it was great to see it, but not much else here. Still, you gotta go once.

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Topeka, Kansas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed the tour and it was great having someone tell you all the 'inside' surrounding the history. It is right in the heart of downtown so outside the feeling of history is over. But, that is to be expected

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We were under-whelmed with our experience visiting Ford's Theater during a recent trip to Washington DC. We ordered and paid for tickets ahead of time (highly recommended, but not mandatory) and settled on a 3 o'clock visit on a Sunday. The line forms outside the theater, and only visitors with that hour stamp on their tickets are allowed in the... More

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Howden, United Kingdom
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110 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Fords Theatre is in an unassuming street in downtown DC. It is an historic place, being the site of the assassination of President Lincoln, and there is a free tour of the building to take in this act. It is well worth a visit....and just across the road from the theatre is the house where Lincoln was taken after the... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Free tickets and tour...what more could you want? The museum in the theater basement is well worth spending time in. It is very informative. Peterson House is nice too, they don't have original pieces in the house, but period appropriate pieces.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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192 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Whilst on a trip around Washington I did this theatre it's a time in history so a must see place the theatre it's easy to find not to far from the FBI Hoover building the displays tell the story so very interstinng

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I may be biased because Lincoln is my favorite President, but the ranger talk, museums, theater, and Peterson House made Lincoln's last day come alive and made me appreciate his wisdom even more!

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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72 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

As this has been reviewed over a thousand times, I am just going to add one tip. Summer is the heaviest time that the museum is visited. Meaning long lines and long waits at times. More likely in the earlier part of the day as many put this on the top of their list for the day. Being in DC... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

There is so much history here! Famous for the Lincoln assassination, Ford's Theater should not be missed. The museum is incredible and interactive, and the presentation in the theater leaves you with an eerie feeling.

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