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“Emotional and interesting”
Review of Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre
Ranked #31 of 478 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 January 28, 2013

Free, but accepts donations. Very interesting to go through the museum and emotional to see the theatre box where Lincoln was shot.

Thank Paulnlin
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

My wife and I went to theater in December 2012 and had a great time there. During the intermission we could go to the museum in the basement. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to see everything. So we decided to go the museum again.
Tickets for the museum have to be bought in advance and they only allow you to enter the museum at certain times during the day. We went last Saturday in the morning. There was a long line outside of the museum. It took us not too long to get in, however, the inside was too crowded and it was not very enjoyable. The exhibition is very interesting and there is a lot learn.
We got audio guides, I think there were not worth the additional cost since there is enough information on display.
I would recommend to go on a weekday - if possible.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We debated with just two days in DC whether this would be worth the visit, with our 10 yr old and it was. Very informative , self guided tour. Very well kept.

Thank Sherapps
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Don't miss this one. Take a tour of both the theatre and the Peterson House across the street, where Lincoln actually died. This is a small, intimate theatre with no bad seats, so if you can see a show, do it! Its historical significance and architecture are impressive.

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Reviewed January 26, 2013

I toured the recently opened Peterson House and Lincoln Museum. Its free and you can get tickets right at the door. You first see the living area and then the bedroom where Lincoln died. You then take an elevator up to the new museum and travel down the levels looking at exhibits about Lincoln. The focal point is a 4 story stack of books all referencing Lincoln. You wind around the books on a spiral staircase.

Thank Melissa G
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