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“Ford's Theater”
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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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Maple Grove, Minnesota, United States
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“Ford's Theater”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

I was in DC for a week to check out the museums and monuments. The Ford's Theater was one of the high-points of the trip. The theater was restored, so it is not the original; however the exterior was as it was and the interior is an exact replica (to within an inch or so according to staff). The National Park's interpreter was fantastic and was a wealth of knowledge. The museum downstairs had Booth's gun used in the assassination along with Lincoln's clothing. Fascinating. This is a popular attraction and there is supposed to be no charge; however I would highly recommend going on Ticketmaster and paying the $3/ticket to get advanced entry passes.

Visited June 2013
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Raleigh, NC
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“Self-guided, but well done and engrossing.”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

In the basement of Ford's Theatre, there is a compact but rich exhibit detailing the events surrounding Lincoln's assassination, from its planning to the event itself to the aftermath. It even includes the actual gun used by Booth. Very small kids might be bored, as there is a lot of reading, but the graphics are well done and contemporary and make the information entertaining (as much as it can be). Afterward, a guide gives a brief talk and Q&A in the theatre itself. Ticket includes a walk through the Peterson House across the street, where Lincoln died. Interesting for historical reasons, but all the items there are reproductions.

Visited June 2013
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Gladstone, Missouri
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“Too Commercialized”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

I found the area to be far too commercialized for such a solemn and tragic episode in our history. Felt a lot like Branson.

Visited June 2013
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“A Must See”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Ford's Theater is a must-see. We reserved our time in advance, and while there was a line when we arrived, it moved quickly. There was an interesting museum before we listened to a ranger speak of the events surrounding Lincoln's death. Low-key, but very interesting an informative. My favorite was the museum across the street, including the house Lincoln died in. Very moving. There was much information about the funeral and the search for those responsible. Bring your camera!

Visited May 2013
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Topeka, KS
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“Great ranger talks”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

We took our group of 40 teens to hear the ranger give a talk at the theater. We had timed tickets and stood in line for about 20 minutes. Once we were seated, the ranger did a great job. However, there was music playing over the speakers so it made it difficult to hear. We didn't have time to go through the Peterson House... there was a HUGE line, and they only let 15 people in at any time, so there was just no way we could get our group through before we had to leave.

Visited June 2013
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