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Ford's Theatre

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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 July 14, 2016 via mobile

DC museums have become too exhaustive for the average visitor...too many words, plaques, videos. It has become rather overwhelming in recent years. I guess this is for the enthusiasts who make multiple trips to the same museums? Whatever the case may be, it has become...More

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Reviewed July 14, 2016

It's haunting and sad to see the box where Lincoln was shot, and to imagine Booth jumping from that height to the stage (no wonder he snapped his ankle when he leapt). The only issue is the lines. I understand that it's a small, rather...More

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Reviewed July 13, 2016

Had been by this while in DC but never took the tour til now. Very nice tour at my leisure and loved being able to take pictures

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Reviewed July 13, 2016

Ford's Theatre was very informative. The Park Officer was exceptional and eloquent in his story of Ford's Theatre and the events that happened there. This is a free event, but you will need tickets. Don't miss this.

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Reviewed July 12, 2016

While visiting DC with my family we toured the theatre. It's a great place to explore important history. The theatre has a national park ranger guided tour that starts in the basement museum. There is a lot to see there. If you want to take...More

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Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

Waited about an hour to get a timed ticket then had to wait in line outside 90 degree heat for another 20 minutes Once inside had to wait to get into theatre itself. Took 2 hours for a brief visit to a reproduction of this...More

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FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2016

Thanks for sharing your feedback! Due to the limited size of our lobby, we do not have room to accommodate everyone prior to their entry. The line also serves as an organization tool to ensure our visitors know they are in the right place at...More

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Reviewed July 11, 2016

I thought this would be disappointing, but it was not. There was a nice little museum below to go through first. The ranger talk in the theatre was very informative. It has been recreated, but it is the same spot of the assassination and appears...More

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Reviewed July 11, 2016

The museum beneath the theater is excellent, as is the one in the Peterson Boarding House across the street. My group of four history teachers could have spent all day in these places. Excellent!

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Reviewed July 10, 2016

Got there at 1pm walked inside and received free ticket for 1:30 not to bad of a wait. Small theater so they only let a small group in at a time. Lots of stuff to read in lower level , Just browsed threw couldn't read...More

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Reviewed July 10, 2016

We went here not expecting much. I thought it was just the theatre where Lincoln was shot. It is so much more! It has a museum of things like the pistol he was shot with, etc. You also go over to the Peterson house where...More

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maaustin2013
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Response from Sharon P | Reviewed this property |
Street. We were walking.
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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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