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“Short visit across the street”

Petersen Boarding House
Ranked #71 of 466 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

Don't forget across the street from Ford's Theatre is The Boarding House where LIncoln died. It's a short walk-thu and free.

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"passed away"
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

Where Lincold was brought after being shot across the street. Interesting. The new Center for Education and Leadership next door is full of information and great display. The Center is a good source of information on our nation's history

1  Thank ElaineG29
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Reviewed December 24, 2011

A not so necessary tour in DC, save this for something to do when you've done it all

Thank nursely
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Reviewed June 27, 2010

Overview: This is the place where Lincoln died, and if you went on (or, should I say, enjoyed) the tour of Ford Theater (where Lincoln was shot), then you can use your tickets from the Theater to experience this place.

Much historical significance - This is the place where Lincoln died, and the historical symbolism here is incredible. You can even walk through Baptist Alley - the way John Wilkes Booth got to/got back from the theater (may need a fact check on this one, though.)
Exhibits are organized - The little panels captioning where you are is very nice and helpful, and tend to be paragraphs instead of dinky little one-sentence appetizers that leave you wanting more. The exhibits are in the order of the original house, which is also a plus.
Visitable anytime during the day - After you're done the Ford Theater tour, you can either choose to go directly to the House or explore other stops and then visit the museum. This added flexibility is nice, but bear in mind that the tickets are only eligible for one day.

Takes a while to get inside - In order to get in, a ticket scan is required, and this may take a while (and even may form a long line.) In the mid-summer, this can be especially annoying to wait to get inside, considering there is little shade on the way to the house.
No organized tours - The museums come in lines and the lines move, but only in early tourist season. Come mid-summer, this place is a bit unorganized, and can be a problem for claustrophobic people (or people who just don't like crowds.)
Small museum - There really isn't much of a problem with this one, but it can be annoying to wait a half-hour in the July heat for a ten-minute walk inside.

Important notes:
People with claustrophobia may want to avoid this museum as things can get a little cramped.
People who have problems with heat might not be able to attend due to the longer lines outside with little shade.
According to Norton, the website fordstheatre.org contains malware, so try to avoid the webpage. For more information, please go here: http://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?url=http:%2F%2Fwww.fordstheatre.org%2Fhome%2Fperformances-events%2Ftours%2Fpetersen-house

Bottom line:
If you enjoy history and you are a Civil War buff (like me), or if you have the time after the Ford Theater to visit another stop, put this on your schedule. If not, don't go out of your way to visit this area. To conclude, it is enjoyable, but not the best stop in D.C.

Thank Wetfire01
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Reviewed January 14, 2010

This house is right behind Ford theatre and you can attend it for free with every (free) ticket to Ford's theatre. Unlike Ford's theatre, the Peterson House has been completely left in its original condition. It is really amazing to see where President Lincoln died - it breaks the heart to see it. However, there are a lot of people that want to see it and if you stop to look at everything, you really feel like you are holding up the line behind you. Also, if you have anyone if your party that is a little shaky on their feet, just be really careful because the building is old. My 73 year old aunt found it okay, but she is in great shape. I would definitely see this - it only takes a few minutes.

Thank pinkdawn71
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