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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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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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 booked this on line the day before and was glad I did as tickets sell up quick depending on the weather. We museum and guided tour portion were excellent and included in the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We booked this on line the day before and was glad I did as tickets sell up quick depending on the weather. We museum and guided tour portion were excellent and included in the ticket price is a visit to the Petersen House across the road where Old Abe actually passed away.

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We almost missed finding Ford's Theatre. It is sandwiched in between the skyscrapers of downtown. After you check in at the desk, you descend into the basement where the museum is located. The exhibits cover events during Lincoln's presidency, as well as the events of that fateful day. It was well done! I had no problem navigating this museum, and... More 

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The history here is remarkable but this whole theatre is actually much larger than I thought it would be. To think of what all took place here and how our country has yet survived.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was not on our original list of "must see's" in DC. However, one of our Uber drivers was a Natl Parks employee and she told us not to miss it - really glad that we listened to her. This is an excellent museum covering Lincoln's life, the Civil War, and the issues/assailants leading up to his assassination. Fascinating. You... More 

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I visited Ford's Theatre in the 1980s and throughly enjoyed the museum downstairs. They have redone that area now, and it is a dark maze. I'm sure the lighting, or lack of it, is for ambiance and preservation, but the exhibits cannot be seen. The maze creates confusion as to what has been seen and what hasn't. If I had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are a history buff, this is a must see in Washington D. C. The guides are very knowledgeable and professional. Your ticket includes a trip across the street for a tour of where Lincoln actually died.

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After our lincoln assassination tour,at night, the next morning we went into the theatre. I like being able to see it, but they hold you hostage for like 30 min in the basement before they let you up into the theatre.... why?

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Attraction starts off with a very informative museum. It leads you through the final days and hours to Lincolns assassination.

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Our family planned a trip to DC and somehow we left this attraction out. We had a day with nothing planned and luckily we came across Ford's Theater. Tickets can be obtained online or at the theater but the wait for the line could be lengthy. The theater is several floors with an elevator and contained many exhibits relating to... More 

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We visited the Ford's Theatre for the historical portion of the theatre. It is so neat to see the things Lincoln did while in office. The presidential quilt with the president signatures is super cool but seeing the gun that killed him, the door to the theatre and the actual presidential booth is beyond words. My kids loved visiting this... More 

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