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“See where Lincoln was shot.”
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“See where Lincoln was shot.”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Great theater with historical accents! You can look up and see where President Lincoln was shot. And then enjoy your play.

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Richmond, Virginia
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“Icing on the cake”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

After the movie "Lincoln" and reading "Killing Lincoln", we had to see where our beloved president spent his last day. The tour includes both the Theater and the house across the street where he was cared for in his last hours. We also enjoyed a play that is extra but it was worth the money. In the basement of the theater, there is information about the conspirators and most everything about his Presidency. You have time to view that before a brief presentation in the actual theater. The house tour includes a ton of information too so don't miss that. They have a gift shop in both. There is a column with over 15,000 books, basically every book that has ever been written about him. It towers 3 floors at least. It's a great way to get away from the crowds at The Smithsonian.

Visited February 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Quaint Attraction for a Influential Figure”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

We went on a Monday morning, so we didn't have to worry about filled up time slots. The tickets are free, and basically are more of just an entrance time so that they can control the crowds. If you want to get your tickets ahead of time to reserve a time slot, you'll have to do it online with a service charge or actually have someone go to the theater box office in person early to get free tix.

After you go in, you first spend about a half hour in the museum, where there's lots of great exhibits and information about old Washington DC, Lincoln, and the conspirators. This is where you will see cool artifacts like the clothes worn by Lincoln that night and the gun that Booth used to kill him.

After that, everyone gathers into the actual theater to hear a ranger talk. The ranger was in costume and played the part of the police chief on hand that fateful night in 1865, speaking on stage in the intimate theater in the first person about the events as if he were there. I thought that was a really fun twist on the ranger talk.

Afterwards, you can go across the street to see the Peterson House where Lincoln died, as well as see more exhibits at your own pace about the post-assasination manhunt and other topics.

If you like history you must stop by Ford's Theater while in DC. Very informative and quaint attraction for a massively influential figure. You won't even need to walk through a metal detector and have your bag searched like you do at most other DC attractions!

Visited February 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Really enjoyed it.”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

I personally really enjoyed the history and feeling of being somewhere where such a big piece of history took place. The fors theater is ran great as well as the house across the street where Lincoln passed away. I would recommend doing both. Both places were free, unless you wanted an audio tour.

Visited January 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Great storytelling from guide”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Although many know that Lincoln was shot in the theatre, so few know the full story. While I don't know if every guide is as good as ours, she captured our attention with the full story of Lincoln's fate. Well worth the time and cost.

Visited March 2012
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