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Ford's Theatre
511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
202 347-4833
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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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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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“Don't miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

There was more to this than I thought. I planned to be through this in about an hour and was there about three. There is a large Lincoln exhibit on the lower level. I paid $10 and got the audio guide for my daughter and myself. Hers was a youth audio guide which she liked much better than the adult guides she's had to listen to in the past. After the museum, we went into the theater upstairs. That day (and possibly every day) we had to tour the theater by 11am. They still use the theater for performances and were preparing the stage when we toured. The original theater was gutted about a year after Lincoln died, but it has been restored to its 1865 appearance. There are a few items in the presidents box that are original, like the chair Mrs. Lincoln was sitting in that night. Across the street is the Peterson House where Lincoln died. It's included in the ticket price from the theater. The bed that he died in is still there if you're in to seeing such things. There is another museum in there that is nice to see and doesn't take long to tour. We walked there from the Federal Triangle Metro station, about 10 minutes.

Visited September 2012
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Waterford, Connecticut, United States
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“Chaos At The Theatre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

My husband and I were so glad we were able to fit in a trip to Ford's Theatre before our flight home. Would highly recommend.

There are three parts to the tour. First the museum downstairs. Second, the theatre where lincoln was shot. And third, across the street where Lincoln died.

The museum had a lot of information. We did the audio package, which I'm not sure I would recommend. It takes up a lot of time listening to the 19 or so audio clips.

Our only recommendations: We and the rest of the guests for the 10 am tour didn't know there was a set time we needed to be out of the museum and that that would take away from our tour of the theatre upstairs. At 10:40 am, a message was announced to the tour guests that the theatre upstairs closes at 11 am??!! Of course, it was a mad dash upstairs which caused chaos in the small theatre.

There was nobody helping to push people along and help provide some organization to the over 100 people now waiting to see where Lincoln was shot. At 11 am, there were still quite a few people waiting in line.

It would have been nice to be made aware of the strict time frame.

Final recommendation, lowering the number of people per tour.

Overall though, I would highly recommend.

Visited September 2012
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FordsTheatre, Public Relations Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
Thank you for sharing your experience at Ford’s Theatre! We were very sorry to hear that you were rushed through the theatre. We will follow up with our staff about better communication.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The theater was closed, but the museum part was open. National park service issued a pamphlet that showed the theater floor plan layout. I think that the Presidential Box, where Lincoln was shot, should always remain open to tourists. After all, thats what they want to see.

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Wow! This was history. Actual history. I really appreciated this theater. The museum in the basement was great. Very informative of the president. There is also actual artifacts from the president. The theater is moving. You are in the same theater where it all took place. The house across the street is the home of the Peterson's where he died. This is a must do.

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Friedens, Pennsylvania, United States
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“worth your time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

This is a valuable site to visit when in our nations capitol. Not many sites in DC can take you back in time like stepping into the Fords theater. I'm so grateful that they have not changed the theater from the historical design. There has been some recent remodeling for the museum in the basement and that was all well done. Years ago we had the pleasure of seeing A Christmas Carol there and the theater is very intimate and our seats in the balcony were outstsnding forviewing.

Visited May 2012
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