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“Definitely worth the visit”
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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 October 9, 2012

Ford's Theater is, in my opinion, a must stop when visiting Washington DC. Downstairs, they have a museum with all the info you need to know about President Lincoln, and then you get to visit the theater and look across to see the suite where he was killed.

One note: Make sure that you check on line to see that the theater is open. It's an active theater, and is sometimes closed for rehearsals/performances.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We went on a Columbus day weekend. First 2 days couldn't get in to this free National Park exhibit. Decided to get tickets in advance and pay a couple of bucks. Much easier to schedule that way. Nice little tour package.

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Original displays...Great to imagine what the chaos might of been like. The presentation kept interest and helped you imagine through it!

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

No charge/ do not be confused by website as we were. Ticketmaster sells "tickets", but this is really a charge for "guaranteed admission" should there be a high volume of visitors, it will make sure you get in. As it is a working theater, times to tour may vary pending events. Ticketmaster charges $10.00 per person plus additional fees for their "services" for using them.Headset included one would hope, but not sure. We almost did this, but the time lapsed and expired our c/c processing thank goodness.
We took a chance the next day, as they were scheduled to close early for an event, got in w/o very large line and for free.
They do have a headset for $5.00 and worth every penny as they give you a lot of information as you go through the museum and the Stuart Boarding House across the street where the President died.Access to view the box where shot as well.
Great artifacts,even Lincoln's suit he was wearing his fatal night.A lot of artifacts of Booth's as well.The book tower is huge containing all the books written about Lincoln and the events that so tragically took him.Great to understand and get a good perspective about the popularity of the man.
Allow about 4 hours and you will be good.
Very heart warming as well as heart wrenching.Worth the visit.

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

While there are interesting displays in the basement, this was a self-tour and it was pretty uninspiring. You can also visit the Peterson House across the street, which also has interesting displays. After doing so many tours that week with docents, this was a bit of a let down. Also, they were setting up for a play in the theater, so it was distracting to have their activities during our visit. We made reservations in advance, which meant we didn't have to stand in line, which was nice.

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