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“historic location and active plays! great combo!”
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Ford's Theatre
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Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour
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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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“historic location and active plays! great combo!”
Reviewed January 2, 2012

This theater has kept its historic self and you sit in chairs and see it the way Lincoln did. Awesome..

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Vista, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Must see”
Reviewed January 2, 2012

The Ford theater itself is 100% Free. However the Ford theater vendor attempts to rope you into seeing their pay for museum. You have to go into the for pay area, but just ask for the theater only ticket and decline the 'donation' (its US Park
Service run and as such is paid for by our taxes).

Basically its pretty much as it was the night Lincoln was killed. If you have seen the movie 'the conspirator' it will look exactly as they shot it in that movie, and accurate as regards the details of the actual assassination and Lincolns death at the building across the street (see that also!).

Visited December 2011
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Buffalo, New York
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“Not to be missed!”
Reviewed January 1, 2012

Plan on a few hours to see everything there. I highly recommend the ranger talk which was held on the hour from 9am-11am. Go to the box office inside the theater to get free tickets for it. You can reserve online and pay 9.50 each if you want to be sure of getting tickets but I would take my chances . We had no problem getting tickets for the very next talk the same day. When the gate opens you move into the museum area until he talk starts... lots to look at there. The theater was restored and offersperformances now...just beautiful! The presidential box where Lincoln was shot is exactly as it was in the day. Go across the street afterward to the house where Lincoln died. Its fee too. The gift shop upstairs has some interesting and amusing items. There are a few shops on the street nearby with cheesy Lincoln souvenirs. We had breakfast at Lincoln's Waffle House for giggles! The food is average..service is fast and good..a hot breakfast will set you back around $8-10. There is a portrait museum a block away going toward H street but we didn't go there.

Visited December 2011
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Sydney, Australia
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“Book your tickets in advance”
Reviewed December 30, 2011

Ford's theatre is still a working theatre. As such, it pays to work out when the actual theatre will be open to the public, and book your free tickets accordingly. Having said that - the museum tour alone is well worth the visit.

Visited March 2011
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“Another part of the Lincoln legacy”
Reviewed December 30, 2011

This is where the 16th President of the U.S. met his demise. It's a must-see location for anyone who is interested in U.S. and Civil War history. It would be wonderful if every school child in America could visit this shrine.

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