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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
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+1 202-347-4833
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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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We learned a lot using the audio guide and moving through the exhibit - and were lucky that they had a temporary exhibit if items from the night Lincoln was killed (such as the... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2015
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed June 27, 2015

We learned a lot using the audio guide and moving through the exhibit - and were lucky that they had a temporary exhibit if items from the night Lincoln was killed (such as the contents of his pockets). We were disappointed to learn that the actual Fords theater had been torn down and that what we were seeing had been... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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Reviewed June 27, 2015

Always worth a visit for its historical significance, but the droves of bored, disinterested schoolchildren, who laugh and giggle inappropriately, and spend most of their time texting, are a sad comment on the standard of supervision and their disconnect from their roots.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed June 27, 2015

For a complete history of the theatre and the historic events re Lincoln, this is must see building.

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Reviewed June 25, 2015

Buy your tickets online ahead of time. You go to the museum first, then to a 30-minute lecture about the history of the theater, about the Civil War, and about the assassination. Sit in the back for the theater for the talk so that you can get right outside to go the Peterson House across the street where President Lincoln... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed June 25, 2015

Wonderful presentation. Don't let the line deter you. That is just the way they control the flow of visitors to insure they will have a positive experience. You probably won't wait longer than 15 minutes, max. Be sure to go in and get a ticket before you get in line! The admission is free.

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Carlsbad, California
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Reviewed June 25, 2015

First,order tickets in advance and rent the audio sets.this saves time and perhaps, disappointment. Your group is taken into the museum, a great combination of exhibits, short film, and audio interpretation. The theatre then opens, and you sit staring at the assassination box. An actor in period clothing arrives and skillfully tells of that night. Afterward, you cross to the... More 

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Millington, Michigan
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Reviewed June 24, 2015

very old but still a nice place in history they did a reenactment called destiny of the events of the whole day leading up to the shooting also go over to the Petersen house where Lincoln passed away missed that

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Reviewed June 24, 2015

It's awesome to sit in Ford's theatre during a performance, across from the box where Lincoln was shot and enjoy a good show. I've been to three different musicals over the years and they have all been awesome. The teenagers I've been with have always been amazed by the musical talent as well. I'd strongly recommend that if you are... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

Didn't do the tour, just looked at outside of building. Cool for historical purposes, but I'm sure a tour is needed to get more out of it.

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Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed June 23, 2015

I loved visiting Ford's Theatre. I was able to watch a short play then I visited the museum across the street It was definitely worth waiting in line in the rain to see.

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