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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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Pittsford, New York
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very interesting!”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

I really enjoyed the tour of Fords Theater and the museum. Learned some new things along the tour as you usually do in seeing sites like this in our country.
Interesting to see the actual box where Lincoln was shot and then to go across the street and see the house and bed where he was taken afterward.
I felt this exhibit is very well done and found it very enjoyable.

Visited October 2013
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Houston, United States
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“Don't miss this place, really neat to see!”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

This was kind of a last minute add to our plans for the day, but we are so glad we went. Such a neat museum with lots of info and facts about Lincoln's assassination. Plus you get to see where he was sitting in the theatre. They even have the pistol that Booth used to shoot Lincoln and the clothes that Lincoln was wearing. Don't forget to go across the street as well, and get to see the actual room/bed that Lincoln died in. Very interesting attraction and so glad that we saw it.

Visited March 2014
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Dallas, Texas
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“Take the time to see”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

So glad that we made the effort to go see the theater as well as the Peterson house. Did not have a lot of time to spend in the museum itself but still got a lot out of the time we did have there. Also close to the HardRock and a nice book/gift store across the street.

Visited August 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A nice suggestion”
Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

It's been remodeled a few times, it's been reconstructed and it's all an example of what was... But certainly not what still is. It's best to choose the audio tour... But you'll want more from the guides. I wish I could have seen the path of Wilkes from the balcony to his horse. I wish there was more about Lincoln's death as well. Don't skip it, but certainly don't expect a lot of new information.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Small But Interesting”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Really enjoyed this visit. Several videos to view plus artifacts from the day. There were rehearsals going on (the theatre is still in operation) so I was disappointed that I was unable to actually go inside the theatre.

Visited March 2014
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