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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
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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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both a museum focused on a tragic story and an active theater venue

See a show there if you have an opportunity, but first and foremost, make time to see all the exhibits about President Lincoln's assassination -- which are now not just in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

See a show there if you have an opportunity, but first and foremost, make time to see all the exhibits about President Lincoln's assassination -- which are now not just in the theater's basement but also across the street, where he died.

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ford's theatre is still an active theatre and that's important to note, that it's been restored and still honors the box where Lincoln was shot and the house across the street where he passed is pretty amazing. To be able to see these places is tremendous. Our guide for our "tour" was boring, however, and spoke in question, making it... More 

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Worth the visit but not all that interesting beyond saying you were there. The story teller did a good job but most details are already known and the viewing of the location is limited so hard to stay interested.

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum can be very busy. I recommend purchasing your tickets in advance for a timed entry. We also paid for the head phones to visit the museum. The National Park Service schedules 20 minutes talks in the theater. It's very informative so make sure you attend. Entry to the Peterson House, where Lincoln died, is across the street from... More 

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La Calif
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Well presented! I didn't know much about the conspirators. I could not "picture" in my mind the theatre either. On the tour, you see the box, the proximity to the stage, the gun and the one "ball" projected out of that gun which killed President Lincoln.

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although this focused on a tragedy, it was an extremely interesting tour. The museum is well done as well, and you can learn a lot about Lincoln. The Ranger talk is very good!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent an entire morning here. It was really interesting and informative. Very inexpensive. We pre-booked audio guides. They suggested we listen to the children's tour but that is really dumbed down. Go for the adult one.

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Winchester, KY, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I found it marvelous to be there. The museum was good, to. I expected a lot more guide help and story telling. After letting everyone in (tours are scheduled/ you must get a ticket for a time), there was no explanations, presentations, or any interactions from employees. They were only moderately helpful with questions. This could be a 5 star... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To be in the theater where President Lincoln was shot was very moving. The box where he sat is draped as it was. The guides telling of the whole story leading up to and what took place that night was engrossing. Tickets are free but are time stamped. Only so many are allowed in at a time. Not so great... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While everyone growing up in the U.S. knows about Lincoln's assassination, this museum recreates the whole time line leading up to, and after the event. The theater itself shows you what a small and intimate setting it was. The docents also give you a pretty good narrative with loads of detail. Part of the admission includes going across the street... More 

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