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“Relive History”
Review of Ford's Theatre

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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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Relive History”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

We go to Ford's Theater every Presidents Day, the lines move swiftly and you sit in the historical theater as a narrator recounts the sequence of events and points out where they happened in the theater. Then go across the street to see the house and surroundings where President Lincoln was taken after being shot. We've taken children as young as 4yrs old to this event, no problems. Gift shop with lots of trinkets, beware the enormous Penny's with Lincoln's imprint, I've yet to see a child walk past them! No cameras allowed.

Visited February 2012
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Arlington, Tennessee
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“Great history site”
Reviewed April 18, 2012

The tour given was enjoyable & full of historical facts. Loved getting to see the house across the street where Lincoln actually passed away. Make sure to make an appt here!

Visited July 2011
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Morgantown, West Virginia
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“Good history lesson”
Reviewed April 18, 2012

During spring break 2012 the lines were long but a very historic place. I would recommend this to anyone who is a history buff.

Visited April 2012
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“Great Time”
Reviewed April 18, 2012

It starts in the theatre with a fantastic presentation by the park rangers (I am pretty sure that's who ran it) followed by a tour of the museum with some great things to see. Then across the street to see the home where Lincoln died. Absolutely not to be missed.

Visited April 2012
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“Ford's Theatre”
Reviewed April 17, 2012

The visit to the theater was very informative. I learned a lot and the tour guides were very knowledgeable.

Visited April 2012
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