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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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Outstanding story of the buildings history leading up to Lincoln's assassination told by Park Ranger in the theater. Museum in theater was, in my opinion, the best in the DC... read more

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Edwardsville, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Outstanding story of the buildings history leading up to Lincoln's assassination told by Park Ranger in the theater. Museum in theater was, in my opinion, the best in the DC area. Tour continued across the street to boarding house where he was taken until he passed away. A sad, but historical walk! A must see!!!

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We all (mother, nephew and I) loved sitting in the Ford Theatre, looking around and listening to the Ranger give a fantastic talk outlining the events of the night Mr. Lincoln was shot. The Museum was lovely too. It was interesting to be able to go across the street and walk through the house as well. BUT, if you only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were fortunate to see a musical at Ford's Theatre, "Come From Away", a story centered around 9/11 and the way people came together to help one another during this catastrophe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not only is the theatre full of history, but the exhibit is well done. Parts are self guided so you can take your time and soak in the history. Be sure to look at all the cases in the theater as there as priceless artifacts among the cases. The theater itself will give you chills, especially if you guide is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was most excited to visit the Ford's Theatre when planning my short trip in town. The tickets are free through the national parks system. The museum is gone through first and covers the day of President Lincoln and event leading up to the tragedy. Though the actual theatre was lost in the fire, it was remade to mock the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is so much to absorb in the museum which comes before you actually get into the theater. Unfortunately, you are pretty much pushed through the museum and don't have the opportunity to really read anything. That was disappointing but we did get a treat in the theater when the ranger did a one man show as the man who... More 

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We acquired tickets on line. When we arrived, there was a marker outside saying if you had tickets to line up there. One gentleman was in line and many people were inside browsing through the shop. Shortly, they were all sent outside to our line where they promptly went back inside giving their tickets. We were sent downstairs to a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As a history buff, especially of the Civil War, this is a must to visit. We ordered our tickets online to be assured a spot at the time we desired. Make sure you check the theater schedule to see if a play is going to be performed on the day of your visit. Ford's Theater is a working theater as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ford's Theatre, the site where President Lincoln was assassinated is a must-see for Washington D.C. visitors. It's a short walk from the Natural History Museum and it's free! Of course it's the capital so it is likely you will run into crowds so go early because they do halt visitors if it's too late and too full. Again, it's free... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I recently attended our first event - a musical - at this historical venue. We opted to try seats in the second level, about four rows back. A word of caution: this is an old theater, of course, so it has columns that can restrict views unless your seats are in front of, or no worse than... More 

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