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“Memorable part of our history!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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“Memorable part of our history!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

For crowd control you must get a ticket at the theater side...it is free and they are staged at designated times. But you will see the theater where Lincoln was shot and the house across the street where he died! I really wonder what our country would had been like if he was not killed!

Visited May 2013
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“Excellent Abraham Lincoln Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

We visited the Ford Theatre in September of 2012 during our trip to D.C. The museum at Ford Theatre was one of the highlights of our vacation, especially if you have an interest in Lincoln or the Civil War. You can purchase headphones for a description during the tour, I did, but found that I preferred to read the displays rather than listen to the headphones. This would be a personal preference. The website for the Ford Theatre museum is a good place to start for the information you will need to book your tour. Allow at least an hour to walk through at a leisurely pace and experience all the exhibits. There are a few restaurants in the area if you decide to eat lunch or dinner afterwards. There is also a museum shop with books and other items relating to Abraham Lincoln.

Visited September 2012
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

A great piece of history. The museum was crowded so we only walked through the Theatre. It should be a must see for anyone visiting DC.

Visited May 2013
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“Interesting for adults”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

This was great for the adults, but children think it is boring. I believe I was here years ago when they re-enacted parts of the assasination. Now a park ranger stands on the stage and tells you what happened- the ranger we had speak to us had a monotone voice. Not too exciting for the kids, in fact a boy behind us fell asleep leaning on our seat and was snoring! As an adult I found it fascinating and very informative.

Visited May 2013
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FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Thank you so much for your comment! We’re so glad you enjoyed your time at Ford’s Theatre. For children ages 8 and up (and their parents!) we recommend “One Destiny”, a 35-minute educational play that takes place inside the theatre in the spring and early summer. We also offer a dynamic walking tour entitled “History on Foot: Detective James McDevitt” that tells the story of the Lincoln assassination from the perspective of the Detective on duty that night. These programs bring the story alive in a way kids find engaging and memorable. More information on both programs is available on www.fords.org.
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“Christmas time is the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

We go every year .The plays at Christmas time at the Fords Theatre are the best in town. We also visit when ever we get a chance. This place is right off the street and easy to get tickets to. This is a must for any visit to DC

Visited May 2013
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