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Ford's Theatre

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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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History this close up can be a little spine-tingling

As the name suggests, and as other TA reviewers have written, the interior of Ford's Theater is very much the highlight. However, before entering the theater, visitors first... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 27, 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2016

As the name suggests, and as other TA reviewers have written, the interior of Ford's Theater is very much the highlight. However, before entering the theater, visitors first walk through a museum that details the circumstances leading up to and following Lincoln's assassination. It's an absorbing experience and rightly focuses on many of the characters that played major roles in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2016

To me this is the one must see thing to do in DC. It's been redone since my first visit in 1986. It's still great. Make sure you walk across the street to the house as there's a new huge museum added on to it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2016

I enjoyed the museum and the talk in the theatre which was very informative and put a true perspective on the events of Lincoln’s assignation. The museum part of the tour details the background of the Civil War and also some personal mementos from the Lincoln family and the actual gun that was used in the assignation. The tour ticket... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

The theater itself is absolutely gorgeous, very original, antique-style lavish red curtains, etc. The museum is quite small & somewhat dark in certain areas but houses a thorough presentation of Lincoln's years as President & his assassination. Free ticket includes admission to the house where he was taken afterwards & where he later passed away. The house also holds a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2016

Our group enjoyed the museum and theatre, as well as, the home across the street. We watched the play about the evening Lincoln was assassinated. I thought that it was corny and would not recommend it. I wish they would simply act out the scenario.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016

This theatre is inbued with history and is a cozy, comfy place to be. We saw a wonderful production of The Glass Menagerie, then headed to Chinatown for dinner, 3 blocks away. A must for out-of-town visitors and locals alike.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

Beautifully restored historic theater with an amazing museum in same building. Reasonably priced for outstanding regional theater. A very professional presentation of the Glass Menagerie! Excellent acting in a beautiful theater. A must go to attraction.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2016

By far the best of all DC attractions. Ford's theatre is a trip back in time. Many interesting and unique pieces of history here. I highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2016

Good tour, make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time, lines are long, good area to walk around and grab a bite before the tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2016

The museum in the basement of Ford's Theater brings Lincoln and his family to life. The way it is set up, you get to know a more intimate side of the President and his family. The National Park Rangers who run the site are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. We spent about 45 minutes in the museum section and were then... More 

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