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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre
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Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour
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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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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Worth your time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

Great displays, very informative. You can go through at your pace and take as much time as you like reading the displays and looking around. The actual gun used in the assignation is on display. When you you leave the museum area and go into the theater, rangers give brief talks on the events of that fateful night. The ticket includes entry into the house across street where Lincoln actually died, but the line was long so we skipped that part. When you get to Ford's theater, you might see a line outside - this is a line for ticket holders, not purchasing (well tickets are free but you still need one). Bypass the line and go inside to get a timed ticket. After you get your ticket, and it's time for your entry, then you wait on that outside line. We had to wait about 45 minutes for our entry after receiving our tickets - we went to the gift shop across the street to kill time. We went ealrly-ish (9:30), I can't say what the wait is for entry if you go later.

Visited November 2013
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Burlington, NJ
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“A step back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

This looks like a small place until you get inside. We were very impressed at the amount of material and how well it was presented. Very nicely done. Excellent job at interpretation of both what happened on that day in Lincoln's life and that of John Wilkes Booth. Still an active theater, you can sit in the seats and see the balcony where Lincoln was shot, as well as the stage being setup for the show. The house across the street where he was brought to is well worth visiting, as you'll wonder how he was laid out on the small bed. Very impressive display of a stack of books that have all been written about Lincoln. Not to be missed.

Visited November 2013
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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Nicely done”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

The staff was very friendly and helpful,this displays were impressive,some very interesting pieces,the gun used to kill him,the suit he wore and so forth.The story was thoroughly explained on the placards,you could actually sit in the balcony of the theater,and view the box.Tour includes house across the street,where he died and includes more artifacts.Very informative,no admission fee except for donation,about 2 good hours.

Visited November 2013
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Just a drive by”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

All tours will drive by the theater and explain the importance of the building and the alley next to it. Good to know and see but I didn't get off and really take time to check it out very much.

Visited November 2013
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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“Very nice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

I really enjoyed this, and the people who worked there were happy to answer questions. The staff was very knowledgable.

Visited April 2013
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