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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 #20 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Cumberland, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Attended a performance of "...Spelling Bee" on April 14, 2014. was astounded that no mention was made of the dates significance. Also was annoyed that they 'corrected' language in a play that I paid an adult ticket price for to accommodate hoardesof children that the show isn't intended for. Other that that it was great. Amazing space, wonderful museum. Sightlines... More

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Corning New York
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went to Ford's Theater this morning, a very rainy DC morning indeed. The staff was very unorganized and it's not explained that once you enter with your ticket and gather your audio device ( at a worthwhile extra cost of $5) - you must then go back outside and wait in a line again in order to come back... More

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Illinois City, Illinois
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52 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This was my second visit to the Ford's Theatre. I have to say the brief play and museum are outstanding and well worth the money. It is a bargain at $5 a person. On my previous visit the play and museum were not there, so I was surprised and very impressed.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I am a frequent visitor to the DC area, and this is one of the attractions I had not seen. It was very interesting, and we were thrilled to see the actual booth where Lincoln was shot. We did not pay for a Ranger Talk, but the people who work in the theater were knowledgeable about the history of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I lived in DC while going to Georgetown Law School and probably visited the site 20 sites. Since them we go every visit to DC as for all the historical locations all over the city, this is probably the most fascinating and best preserved. Basement houses related artifacts and shouldn't be skipped!

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited Ford's Theatre while in DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Getting tickets through Ticketmaster was easy enough. We chose the Museum and Ranger Talk option. We probably spent more time waiting than enjoying the visit. You wait in line to enter (10-15 min.). You go through the museum in twenty minutes. Then you wait for... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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21 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I love authentic sites like Ford's Theatre. You can really FEEL the history in this building. The museum was nice and the tour guide very informative. The house lincoln died in is directly across the street so don't miss out on that either!

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I was so glad we went here, but unfortunately there was a group practicing in the actual theater. Because of that, we could not see the booth where Lincoln was shot. Be sure to call ahead to ensure you can see the booth. However, they gave us free tickets to the museum downstairs, and that was amazing. They have the... More

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Rensselaer, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I last took in Ford's Theatre in the mid 90s and it hasn't lost its charm or appeal. It's an intimate setting that's been restored to give you an inkling of what is was like back in Lincoln's day. We saw "The 25th Anniversary of the Putnam County Spelling Bee" along with what seemed to be 300 high schoolers (we... More

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Owensboro, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

I first visited Ford's Theatre in 1983. Things have changed a lot since then. They have added a museum and gift shop. The ranger who spoke was very knowledgable. It really gives you a funny feeling to think of the historical significance of the events that took place here.

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