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Ford's Theatre
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed November 4, 2011

Like the history of the theater and its significance in US History, Spend time in the basement where they have alot of historical memorabilia.

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Reviewed November 3, 2011

There is a small museum/gift shop which was free to explore. The museum is basically the house directly across from the theatre where Lincoln actually died which was kind of a surreal experience and very sad but moving. There is a brief lecture in the theatre that goes over a brief history of the assassination and some info on the theatre itself. There is also a play that requires separate (paid) tickets too. Definetely worth seeing if you're in DC.

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Reviewed November 2, 2011

Ford theater is a famous landmark in Washington, because here took place the tragic events that ends Abraham Lincoln's life.
You can visit the theater after you pay a small fee. It is a place with so much history, you'll really enjoy it. One thing you should consider is that it gets really crowded, and the line to purchase the tickets could easily extends around the corner (Ford's is in the middle of the block). After you visit this place, you can eat at the Hard Rock cafe that is located right next to it, or you can board a trolley tour, that departs from that same block.

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Reviewed November 2, 2011

This was a fantastic place - we learned so much about Abraham Lincoln. The museum in the basement has so many historical items - the kids really enjoyed going there.

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Reviewed November 1, 2011

Was looking forward to seeing the theatre, however they were rehearsing for a show so the actual theatre was not available to go in.... WHAT? Really..... people coming from all over the country to see it and you are rehearsing for a play....

Thank Tess M
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