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“Fords Theater” 5 of 5 stars
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Ford's Theatre
511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
202 347-4833
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Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour in Washington...
Ranked #22 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Theaters, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“Fords Theater”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

We were pleasantly surprised that, rather than an orientation film, a two-man play related the events leading up to the assination of President Lincoln. It was very well done and provided bits of information that we had not heard of before.

Visited February 2012
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Reston, VA
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“Don't forget the museum in the basement”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

You can visit for the historical reasons, or go to an event. The museum in the basement has lots of details about Lincoln's presidency, and some artifacts of his.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Thank heavens the museum is free, or I would say it was a ripoff! With timed entrances, you are first sent into the basement of the theater to the museum. Because of the rush of the crowd, it is very hard to see anything or concentrate on it. Various videos are running simultaneously. After about 7 minutes of getting frustrated in the museum, my husband and I tried to go to the theater itself, only to find that the next program wouldn't start for another 28 minutes. After leaving we looked across the street, considering going in to the house, only to see another line forming there. We gave up and moved on to the next thing we wanted to see. If you really want to see this, make sure you leave yourself a lot of time -- it's not just a quick "walk through."

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Hibbing, MN
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“Oops!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

Actually couldn't see the theatre on this trip. It was closed at the time. I accidently clicked on it because I had intended on going. Next time for sure!

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“History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

Nice to see a bit of History and it was ideally located to our hotel thank you god!

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