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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: +1 202-347-4833
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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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We had lunch at Lincolns Waffles directly across the road which was pretty cool indeed, to sit there having breakfast looking at Fords Theatre. Makes for a great photo... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had lunch at Lincolns Waffles directly across the road which was pretty cool indeed, to sit there having breakfast looking at Fords Theatre. Makes for a great photo opportunity.

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Absolutely the best way to start your Christmas season. Dicken's classic play is expertly performed with music and dancing and wonderful sets and costume. We go back every year. This historic and cozy theater couldn't be more conducive to the period piece. Museum downstairs is a great way to spend your time while waiting for the show to start. Must-do... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was unbelievable to be here and at the house across the street where Lincoln died. Arrive early and get tickets for both the theater and the basement museum. In the theater you'll see the President's box and hear from the ranger about the history. I couldn't get tickets for the basement museum but I've heard it includes Booth's revolver.... More 

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Just saw Ford's Theatre's 2016 "A Christmas Carol" this afternoon and it's even better than last year! There have been a number of cast changes from last year, including Craig Wallace as the 'new' Scrooge. The production, while similar to previous years', nevertheless has been 'tweeked" and its "fresh feel" makes it well worth seeing again. Ford's T has one... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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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

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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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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