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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do not miss. The theater where Lincoln was shot. Its so beautiful. I believe they still have plays in this theater. The home they took Lincoln to is across the treet

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dewey4321
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed looking at the exhibits. Seeing the exact booth where our beloved President. The only problem was that they only have 30 audios. If you arrive & they are all gone— too bad! Come back later or wing it. We did not get a audio & the light is so very dim on the exhibits they were unreadable for me. I was so very disappointed. Audios should be available for anyone who wants to pay. It would help make a historical experience so much better.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank nanax4_48
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FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback and we are so sorry to hear you weren’t able to use one of our audio guides. There is a limited quantity available for museum entries as they are an add-on option, not a necessary part of visiting the historic site which already has a vast amount of information on its own. Audio tours are available for advance reservation as well, which may be useful to consider in the future.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must see when taking a trip to Washington. It has two parts to it. Ford's Theatre (which still has shows) has a museum in the basement giving information on the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln and the plot to assassinate him. Upstairs you can visit the theatre which looks a lot like it did the night Lincoln was shot. The second half of the tour is the Peterson House across the street where Lincoln died. The lower level is decorated as it was in 1865; the upper levels have exhibits on the assassination plot, Lincoln's funeral and other things. The only down side to this is it can get a bit crowded and difficult to see the exhibits. Plan to be here for at least an hour or so.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I felt this the Griswalds visiting Wally World. We get there and the theater is closed due to some technical something. Very disappointing. Rest of your was ok.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank msstrauss
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FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We’re sorry you were not able to enter the historic theatre. As we are still a producing theatre, there are times when the theatre is not accessible to visitors due to rehearsals and productions. Our schedule is posted on our website at www.fords.org, and we encourage visitors to check the schedule before coming to visit. If visitors have questions regarding the schedule, they can call us at (202) 347-4833.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We loved Washington and saw so many interesting things, but for both of us, this was the highlight. There are good reviews below explaining what’s involved so I’ll focus on why we liked it.

This self guided tour provides a lot of background on Lincoln the man and Lincoln the politician. It gives a lot of detail about what was happening in the Civil War and the politics around the emancipation of slaves. And it makes fascinating comments about how these two major issues were entwined. This all provides background for the plot against Lincoln. The tour then talks about the plot and what happened on that fateful night. It then explores the aftermath.

All this is told in a logical progression with illustrated information presented in a no nonsense, accessible way. The audio guide enhances this but is not really necessary so comprehensive is the visual stuff. Seeing the gun used to assassinate Lincoln and, of course, the Presidential box where the deed took place give it all a real poignancy.

The homely down to earth nature of this tour is a far cry from the imposing grandeur of the Lincoln memorial, however, both are wonderful tributes to a remarkable man.

Date of experience: September 2019
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