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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
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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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Lincoln Assassination Tour For You History Buffs

Somehow got on the bandwagon for a "Lincoln Assassination" type tour and ended up here. Some tours are done at night, all outdoors and on foot. Not this one. Researched several... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 3, 2016
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2016

Somehow got on the bandwagon for a "Lincoln Assassination" type tour and ended up here. Some tours are done at night, all outdoors and on foot. Not this one. Researched several tours, couldn't get into my first choice; the second didn't return my call (ever). And a third suggested an indoor tour actually at Ford's Theatre to round out the... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2016

I saw a Christmas Carol here last week. The show was a great way to experience the theatre. The performance itself was excellent. The theatre was very nice, smaller than I imagined but it is definitely worth seeing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2016

We loved everything about our visit to the Ford's Theatre! We learned so much from listening to the Park Ranger. He was so informative and his narration of the events actually made you feel like you were back in time. the museum had so much to see and was also very interesting. We also got to go to the Petersen... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2015

Amazing to look in the booth where Limcoln sat. Museum was closed when we were there. Also took Tours on Foot on the assassination (at night) lots of information!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2015

This was interesting for about 5 min. Its a theatre w/ a history, but it's flat, no opportunity for the kids to "feel" or understand what really happened. It would have been fun to do a theatrical reenactment allowing the kids to conceptualize how this event transformed america.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2015

Loved the beautiful and well-kept Ford's Theatre. We went to museum and then attended a talk provided by a National Park Service Ranger. He was so interesting and descriptive in his narration that I felt it really was 1865 and I could hear the gaslights hissing and turned to see Lincoln enter the theatre! I wish I had got his... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2015

My family and I saw "A Christmas Carol" here. It was absolutely wonderful. A very professional, top notch production. Your ticket includes access to the information and artifacts displays downstairs, so get there early to take advantage of that. The theater is small, so there really are no bad seats. I highly recommend experiencing a production at Ford's.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2015

We had eaten breakfast at the Lincoln Waffle House (amazing fried chicken, by the way) and saw that we were right across from Ford's Theater so we decided to take a tour. We were hoping to just get in and see the theater and leave but we wound up on a longer tour than that. It was worth the time!... More 

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Port Orange, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2015

Viewing the theatre where the esteemed Abraham Lincoln was shot by Booth, was a sobering experience. The facility has been well maintained for current and future generations. The visit was very much enjoyed, and personnel at the site quite informative.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

We were fortunate enough to buy tickets to A Christmas Carol at Fords Theater. The ticket allowed us entry to the museum underneath where we learnt about Lincoln and the history and events that lead to his shooting at the theatre. The show itself, unbelievable. If you're ever in DC and have the opportunity to see A Christmas Carol at... More 

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