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Ford's Theatre

511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
+1 202-347-4833
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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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511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
Downtown / Chinatown
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Reviewed June 26, 2016

I'm a local who loves theatre and who had never been to Ford's Theatre before, so decided to get tickets to One Destiny with the museum entry included. The museum was okay, but mostly just things to read. One Destiny wasn't terrible, but I was...More

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Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

We all know the sad story of Lincoln's assassination. This attraction is a great way for history buffs to see where it all went down. This is the actual location of the shooting. The self guided tour allows you to experience the events as they...More

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Reviewed June 25, 2016

We went to see A Christmas Carol in the theater in December and what fun that was. Up on the balcony across from where Lincoln was shot was kind of surreal. Brought our 12 and 14 year old boys and they enjoyed both the play...More

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Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

This is such a huge piece of our history and we are very grateful we were able to visit. The best part was the ranger talk. Would recommend this highly. Very crowded. It a VERY good idea to get in line 20 to 30 minutes...More

Thank Alicia M
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Reviewed June 24, 2016

I did not see any cafe here as mentioned, but getting advanced tickets is the way to go. My family liked the audio tour, but I enjoyed it more just reading and going on my own. If you know a lot of Lincoln history, you...More

Thank PattiandBob
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Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

In a city with a huge array of attractions, this one is right up there. For $5 you get into the basement museum which takes you through the challenges Lincoln faced as President. Then into the theatre, and a re-enactment of the events on the...More

Thank Ray T
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Reviewed June 24, 2016

Visitors need to reserve a date / time of visit, stand in a long entry line that moves quickly, and enter a seated area to hear an entertaining historical story about Lincoln, family and assassination, depicting the theatre where Lincoln was shot. The museum has...More

Thank Donna M
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Reviewed June 23, 2016

I enjoyed everything about the visit from the basement museum and seeing the revolver used to kill Lincoln, the size of the bullets, and all the history leading up to that evening and then going into the historic theater. Then across the street into the...More

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Reviewed June 23, 2016

We've always heard that visits to Ford's Theatre were disappointing but we thoroughly enjoyed our visit there. It's free to get in, though you will need a timed entry ticket. The tour starts with the theater itself, which you are free to roam, and then...More

Thank nbchica
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Reviewed June 22, 2016

My husband is a huge Lincoln fan--so clearly when we decided to go to D.C., we knew that we were going to visit Ford's Theatre. This was a really neat experience. There is a fee for the advance tickets, but they are very cheap. For...More

Thank Amanda C
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maaustin2013
November 24, 2017|
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Response from Arlusete | Reviewed this property |
We walked from our hotel. D.C. is easy to walk. Otherwise, take a taxi right to the door.
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cthob
October 6, 2017|
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Response from ashapiro21 | Reviewed this property |
You should still be able to get tickets unless its a particularly although, you cannot go in or near the president's box
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belle438
July 23, 2017|
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Response from Marti H | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The ticket for Peterson house across the street is good anytime after your ticket 11:35 time. If there is a line you can go to other places and come back later. Ford theatre is air conditioned and I don't think the... More
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