We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“History busting out all over!!!!”
Review of Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour
More Info
and up
Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran
More Info
and up
Washington DC Essential Hop-On Hop-Off plus Bonus Tour
Ranked #22 of 450 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed September 2, 2014

You can't get any more history than the place where this country's most loved president died. I loved the way it has been preserved.

Thank joycie444
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (3,451)
There are newer reviews for Ford's Theatre
See the most recent reviews
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages

2,041 - 2,045 of 3,451 reviews

Reviewed September 2, 2014

Museum on lower level does an excellent job of explaining the historical context of what happened in this storied place. The park ranger upstairs was very knowledgeable, as well, and we sat in the theater for about a half an hour just listening to him answer questions and talk with folks. I'm writing this review for the ranger who says he's reads every, single one. lol : )

Thank HollyJean62
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 2, 2014

I've been to Ford's Theater numerous times but not since they did the major renovation. Now it's a bit too modern and I think it takes away from the experience. You also weren't able to go right up to the box where Lincoln was shot. You can only do that in the winter months when it's not so busy. I never had to do that until they did the renovations. Also, there is a new museum which is nice but can get quite crowded. You also need to get tickets now to get into the theater which was also something new. You don't have to get a ticket but it's recommended. When they do the history of the theater, we didn't stay to hear it but instead walked across the street to the house where they took Lincoln after he was shot. I recommend doing that only because we ended up beating the crowd and it was like having our own personal tour which was nice. They also added a new museum inside the house but attached to it. That was new and worth seeing. I love the history of the theater but was sort of let down just by the modern things they did to it.

Thank Joanna M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 2, 2014

As there was a rehearsal being held in the theatre, we weren't allowed downstairs. However, instead we were allowed actually into the box where Lincoln was shot. It was a great experience and we got some super photos.

Thank Marilyn R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 2, 2014

Stopped here after our White House Tour. One of the few places we did not obtain advanced tickets for as Ticketmaster showed they had plenty available. Walked up and noticed the line out front but keep in mind that is for those that already have their tickets. Walked into the lobby and did not have a problem getting two tickets - there is no charge, unlike the hefty processing fee TM tacks on to the shipping and handling fee. We also paid $5 extra for each of two audio tours

Museum has tons of information and artifacts regarding Lincoln's life and we easily spent a couple of hours here as it was a self guided tour with Park Rangers available to answer any questions. Besides clothing and household articles, on display was the derringer Booth used to assassinate Lincoln as well as the bloodstained pillow from the Peterson House across the street.

Allowed onto the second/balcony floor of the theater where we were also allowed to go up to the booth that Lincoln was in.

The ticket also allowed us entry into the Peterson House across the street where we were able to see where Lincoln passed away as well as what happened during the aftermath.

A very enjoyable few hours and well worth the time spent!

Thank Herfnerd
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Ford's Theatre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing