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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
+1 202-347-4833
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Reviewed May 17, 2016

Well worth the visit - touring the museum and seeing all of the artifacts before you go into the theater itself. Then across the street to see where he actually died. Truly haunting.

Thank SCUBA_Fletch
Reviewed May 16, 2016

Visit the theater where President Lincoln was killed. This theater is also still in use for stage plays.

Thank Pam M
Reviewed May 16, 2016

The theater where President Lincoln spent his last life's moments can be felt here, as well as the tragedy of the loss of a great president. The theater has much historic information for all ages to experience and learn what happened in the theater. Right...More

1  Thank VSmith45
Reviewed May 16, 2016

Visited Ford's Theater/Petersen Home/Leadership Center and recommend the purchase options for tickets in advance. We purchased advanced tickets with the Audio Tour included. Let me begin by saying the audio tour is GREAT; however, if you have the audio tour along with a ranger presentation,...More

2  Thank DonFromCal
Reviewed May 16, 2016

Ford's theater, the place of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, is a great historic site in Washington, D.C. History buffs will especially enjoy it. There are several artifacts from the night Lincoln visited here just before he was shot.

Thank Trina_P
Reviewed May 15, 2016

Admission is by timed ticket and we booked a visit with a Ranger talk in the theater. Book online about 3 months before your visit for the talk but it really added to our visit. Tickets seem to go within minutes! Museum exhibits downstairs have...More

3  Thank Jay F
FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2016

Thanks for sharing your feedback! We are currently creating a new website that will better convey the amount of time visitors have in the museum before they visit Ford’s Theatre. We will also consider ways to better convey this information to visitors on-site. We are...More

Reviewed May 15, 2016

While in DC recently my husband and I attended a musical performed at the Ford Theater. We had tickets on the first floor. The show was very enjoyable and well done. It can get a bit uncomfortable to sit for a long show. I actually...More

Thank planitohio
Reviewed May 14, 2016

The Lincoln museum was very interesting. Anyone interested in history or Lincoln will love this place. I thought this was one of the best attractions we saw during our week long trip to DC. The recorded audio tour also made the experience even more interesting.

Thank OhioTrav42
Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

Took the wife to a show on a Saturday night and had a wonderful time. Ford's Theatre is the only historical venue I've been to that looks exactly like I had it pictured in my mind. For 70 dollars we had front row tickets just...More

Thank Paul E
Reviewed May 13, 2016

Ford's Theatre is the only historical venue I can think of that looks exactly as I had it pictured in my mind. I took my wife to a show there on a Saturday night, and for a $70 ticket we had front row seats just...More

Thank Connard Paul E
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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.
October 6, 2017|
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Response from Kate W | Reviewed this property |
I have absolutely no idea and I don’t think previous visitors will either. Feels like a question for the theatre directly. .
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