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Ford's Theatre

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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
Phone Number: 202 347-4833
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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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Great historical view of Lincoln's Presidency

After many trips to DC I finally made it to Ford's Theater. I'm sorry I didn't get there sooner. It's much more than just the theater where Lincoln was shot. There is a... read more

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Atlanta, Georgia
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After many trips to DC I finally made it to Ford's Theater. I'm sorry I didn't get there sooner. It's much more than just the theater where Lincoln was shot. There is a wonderful museum that explains the social and political climate in which Lincoln came to be President. Great place to visit once you have walked the street in... More 

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It was definitely a treat for me to visit Ford's theater. Having read about the events which occurred there in 1865 since I was a child, I always wanted to visit. Having seen the photos of the theatre in books, or portrayed in movies, I failed to realize that times have changed around the old structure. I was surprised to... More 

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Ford's Theater is a working active theater with some very good productions from time to time. The theater is historic because this is where Booth murdered Abe Lincoln. The important thing to do here is to take the Museum Tour. You must get the audio because it increases your enjoyment 200 percent!! The museum is self guided with the audio.... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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As you walk in from the street you enter a Lincoln museum that is full of Lincoln and Civil War info; pictures and items. The theatre is upstairs and provides a visual, finally, to fill in the articles and books you have read on the assassination itself. It was stunning feeling. Great place to visit in DC

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place was definitely more exciting than I had imagined. My daughter really wanted to go and it ended up being one of the more exciting museums we visited due to the amount of info and the people there to explain or portray the parts and information.

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We visited as a family with young children and everyone enjoyed their experience. History buffs will enjoy walking through and reading/taking it all in. Must do.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was one of the few tourist attractions in DC the we had not visited before, and we were very glad we went! Ticket includes 4 sections- museum, theater balcony, Peterson House (where Lincoln died) and the “center” with exhibits of the aftermath of the assassination. We got tickets online and picked them up at the ticket office. You can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Yes, Ford's Theater is where President Lincoln was killed but there is much here to learn about his life as well. When you visit the theater, there are three separate areas, all self-guided: the museum; the theater; and the Petersen house. The museum has exhibits about Lincoln's election and time in office as well as his final visit to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Trying to figure out from history books how John Wilkes Booth could have gotten into the presidential box to shoot Lincoln was beyond me until I saw it myself. It answered a lot of questions.

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There is so much history here! The museum covers much of Lincoln's presidency, and of course the details around his assassination. We really appreciated the costumed actor who allowed us to ask questions and told us his perspective of that night. There are many historical items to see. Don't miss this place!

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