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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 April 18, 2016

Ford's theater is an amazing place to visit. They put on a play and then you go down to the lower level for the musuem. Across the street is the inn that they look Lincoln to after he was shot.

Thank Renee E
Reviewed April 17, 2016

A very worthwhile stop on our trip. Friendly staff, beautifully and comfortably updated, spotless, newly updated bathrooms, and a good view of the box seat where Lincoln was shot (if you're interested in that kind of thing). We saw a matinee of the musical 110...More

Thank Cowgirl359
Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

Ford's theatre is a nice place it see a play and there is a nice museum with a lot of history on Lincoln. There is also a gift shop with lots of Lincoln items.

Thank byteforbyte
Reviewed April 15, 2016

We all know the history of President Lincoln's assassination some what but this site brings it all to life. If possible try to catch the ranger's talk in the theatre. The walking tour of the sites of different events about the assassination is well worth...More

Thank Tom A
Reviewed April 15, 2016

Long lines for tickets and partly closed on the day we were there - but the bits that were open were interesting anough. The assassination story was well told.

Thank John Y
Reviewed April 13, 2016

My family recently visited this Theatre on a visit to DC. We did not do a show, we just did a walk through of the theatre, museum, and house across the street where President Lincoln died. It is all remarkably well preserved. They have lots...More

Thank gmaj_05
Reviewed April 12, 2016

Buy tickets early if you want to see museum and show! They do often sell out. We visited the museum which is good. Several great short video clips too. We had about 30 minutes to spend while waiting to see the two man show "One...More

Thank haduty
Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

No trip to Washington DC would be complete without a trip to Ford's Theater to see the Presidential box where Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was executed by John Wilkes Booth.

Thank DDay1959
Reviewed April 12, 2016

Viewing the theater is free unless you are seeing a matinee. This is a must for those who are interested in anything from the Lincoln/Civil War times. I have always loved the stories of Lincoln, so seeing this firsthand was a great opportunity. We also...More

1  Thank RNRVTravler
Reviewed April 11, 2016

Even though real plays still go on at Ford's Theatre, there is a whole museum about President Lincoln and a little bit about John Wilkes Booth underneath the stage. We got to hear a National Parks ranger talk about what happened the day of and...More

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July 23, 2017|
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Response from Annette K | Reviewed this property |
If you have obtained a ticket with an entry time of 9am prior to arriving at the theater, it may be possible to wander through the exhibits, this is at your own pace, in time to make your next tour, they may even allow you... More
May 23, 2017|
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Response from Sharon W | Reviewed this property |
The tour and museum are self guided but includes a ranger talk in the actual theater. There are rangers available inside the museum to answer questions.
May 4, 2017|
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Response from linfer | Reviewed this property |
Same day tickets are limited and do sell out. I would suggest to go early. We went a few weeks ago and they were sold out so we had to return the next day. Box office opens at 8:30am, we got there exactly 8:30 and had no... More