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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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Touring Ford's Theatre is free and should be on everyone's bucket list. As you sit in the auditorium just below the Presidential box suite, you feel the sense of history and can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Touring Ford's Theatre is free and should be on everyone's bucket list. As you sit in the auditorium just below the Presidential box suite, you feel the sense of history and can envision the terrible night President Lincoln was assassinated. The ranger describes the actual events leading up to that night in detail....bringing history to life.

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A fast walk (it is about 5 blocks off the mall area) over to the Ford Theater (Where President Lincoln was shot) for the 3 PM presentation was no problems as we picked up the free tickets ten minutes before they opened the doors . You enter the theater and then go down to the lower level of the theater,... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Love to visit the Ford's Theatre from the historical perspective, but it is also a great place to catch a production.

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Butare, Rwanda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This could just as well be called the American Civil War Museum. Of course the history of this war is vast, complicated and fascinating, and this museum does an excellent job chronicling it all. Lincoln's presidency is an amazing study. Of course it's interesting, though troubling, to be in the place where he was murdered.

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Took this tour because we happened to walk by & checked the times and a tour was just leaving. We found it informative and most interesting. The talk by the Park Ranger was well-done and the highlight for us. The museum was also interesting but we skipped the trip across the street to the boarding house due to the long... More 

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Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The theatre is located in China Town and is still a working theatre in addition to being a museum. It is actually a National Park and is managed by park rangers. You sit in the actual theatre and a ranger presents the assassination story, and it makes the assassination real. There is a museum display on the basement floor. After... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

True to the time, this is as authentic as you can get. Prepare to be staggering when you leave with appreciation for our forefathers.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 699 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Ford's Theatre is located at 511 10th Street NW in Washington, D.C., not far from the National Mall, the White House, the U.S. Capitol and all of the other significant historical sites in the city. If you are visiting Washington, you have to include Ford's Theatre on your agenda. It is the site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.... More 

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Bel Air, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

It is worth seeing a performance here. A small and wonderful theater that does a great job; not to mention the history it holds. A must do!

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Coloma, Michigan, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Very awkward tour set up. Went inside the visitor center and got tickets for the tour (free). Everyone going on the tour is in the visitor center. When they announce the tour is going to start they tell everyone to go outside and get in a big line. After leaving the air-conditioned visitor center you get to stand in the... More 

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