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Ford's Theatre

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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
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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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We got in for free the day we went, but usually you do have to pay for the tour. No, you can't get into the box, but you are able to look in from the balcony next to it. They do... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We got in for free the day we went, but usually you do have to pay for the tour. No, you can't get into the box, but you are able to look in from the balcony next to it. They do put on plays at the theatre, so check ahead to make sure you will be able to get in.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our teen girls stated this was their favorite highlight. The presentation inside the theatre is amazing. A docent dressed in period clothing gives a minute by minute account of the events leading up to Lincoln's death. You see the box seat where Lincoln and his wife sat as well. The tour inside the theater is informative and well done. It... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited on a day when rehearsal was being held so unfortunately we could not enter the theater part of this historic building. However, we did see the museum located in the basement as well as the Peterson House across the street where Lincoln died. Very nice to visit and completed in less than an hour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a very informative experience that deals with the life of Abraham Lincoln before he became president, during the civil war up to and after his assassination. Pay the extra $5.00 for the audio guide to get extra insight to the displays. Book on line in advance for the day & time you want to visit as there are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is for the history lovers and those that want to experience a piece of geniune American history. You will learn the complete plot surrounding President Lincoln's death. I got to sit in Mrs. Roosevelt's chair in the theater! Tickets are timed and on a first come, first serve basis so be sure to check at the ticket booth.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We reserved our tickets online before and had an easy time getting there and learning about the history of the theatre as well as Lincoln. It was interesting for our children ages 4-8 as well as the adults. We plan on coming back!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Ford's Theatre is not simply a visit to the place Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, but a fascinating study into the great man himself. The museum is free with the option of adding an audio guide for around $10. We chose to view the exhibit at our own pace and the tour was easy and interesting to follow. You begin in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great exhibit downstairs...lots of Lincoln history and Civil War history. Be sure you go when you can enter the theatre to see the booth. Then go across the street to see the Peterson House. As usual, NPS rangers were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I purchased the tickets to go to the Ford Theatre Museum online one day in advance. I'm glad I did because it seemed a bit crowded on a Saturday. I picked up the tickets at the box office and spent about an hour in the actual theater and another hour across the street. There's so much to see and learn... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a must-see DC attraction. There is a museum, a tour and you can book great seats at the current show playing. Plan ahead and get your tickets.

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