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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: +1 202-347-4833
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln,...

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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Beautiful building with rich history

The Theatre now has at least 2 buildings, one across the street from another. It has negative association with the assassination of the President. Yet, the Theatre is an amazing... read more

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Theatre now has at least 2 buildings, one across the street from another. It has negative association with the assassination of the President. Yet, the Theatre is an amazing architectural landmark of US history.

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Raleigh, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Always enjoy visiting here. The facility looks much the same as when Lincoln was assasinated in 1865. A museum downstairs houses many of the original artifacts from those troubling times.

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Houma, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We wanted to go here to learn about President Lincoln. I learned that they still have plays here so we booked "A Christmas Carol". My kids (17 and 11) both loved it. This was one of the highlights of the trip. We got there early and toured the museum in the basement before the play. It was very interesting. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If visiting Washington, DC, try to visit Ford's Theatre. It's only a few blocks up from one of the Smithsonians & very interesting. If going at a busy time, it's worth paying a service fee online for the otherwise free tickets. It will assure that you & your party gets in at your desired time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This theatre is historic and beautiful. If you can see a show there, you should, and you can also visit the museum prior to the show. It is not a large theatre so any seat would be good but sitting in the orchestra and looking up the box where Lincoln sat is pretty amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In my many years traveling to DC, I'd walk by the Ford Theater on my way to other museums. This year I decided to visit. (Tip - use their website to book your guaranteed time slot. Although tickets at the window are free for the tour, if there is a show that day you may miss out on seeing everything... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Ford's Theater museum tour was so full of information, photos, and artifacts that you could spend hours there. We also attended a fabulous performance of "A Christmas Carol" while there. It was well worth it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Show we say was just ok. But place takes you back in time. Where Lincoln sat is preserved. Just need to attend a building so old. Pick your show carefully. Lol

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely loved the show! My children (11 and 14) enjoyed the production completely! Great actors and beautiful set design. May not be a good idea to bring young children due to thunderous noises at times, fog, ghosts., etc. We highly recommend A Christmas Carol at the lovely and iconic Ford's Theater! Also, lots of clever souvenirs at the gift shop... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here last Wednesday for the Theatre Walkthrough and the Theatre itself for the history and to see the place where Lincoln was shot and then across the street where he died. Historical place to see.

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