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Ford's Theatre
Ranked #29 of 466 things to do in Washington DC
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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 6, 2011

It's amazing that you can walk right up to the box where President Lincoln was shot. It was almost overwhelming to be there. The museum in the lower level of the theater is quite well put together.
I'd say it's a must for your trip to DC.

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Reviewed November 6, 2011

My husband wanted to visit Ford's Theater again, but I was hesitant as I didn't just want to see a building where a President had been assassinated. I was wrong! They have displays covering President Lincoln's presidency, it was very interesting. You have to pick up a free ticket; make sure that you keep the ticket to visit the house across the street.

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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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