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Ford's Theatre

511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
+1 202-347-4833
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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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511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
Downtown / Chinatown
+1 202-347-4833
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Booked online for the museum, ranger talk in the theater, Petersen house, and aftermath exhibits. Not sure of what to expect but turns out another NPS gem. Picked up tickets at will call then waited in line for the museum. The ranger talk was excellent!...More

Thank Olivia2840
Reviewed yesterday

The museum is very informative and the ranger's talk brings to life the events of that fateful night, all while sitting in the theater, steps from where Lincoln sat. Go early in the morning before the crowds build but this is an absolute "must see"...More

Thank SuzyRW
Reviewed yesterday

Ford's Theater is a must. You will learn the background of the assassination of President Lincoln, as well as being able to cross the street and see the hotel where he died. It's a very sobering experience and a true eye opener to this historical...More

Thank Carrell H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Buy your tickets ahead of time online. They only sell about 25% of the daily tickets at the door in the morning when they open. You must be in line at the door at 8:30am. Tickets sell out for the whole day in a half...More

Thank samshaw1138
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We dropped in when the theatre opened on a Wednesday morning. Had no problem getting tix but had to wait for the tour to start. There were large school/tour groups so it was a bit overwhelming considering it's a rather tight museum area. So many...More

Thank freedomspradley
Reviewed 3 days ago

As you can imagine, this is a popular location, so I highly recommend getting tickets online in advance. You pick your tour time ahead of time. Due to construction and road detours because of a parade the weekend my friends and I were there, we...More

Thank averyfan
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wow! This is a detailed adventure! Great piece of history and is also re-enacted in a play! The play was fantastic, all the old pieces of history was great! Lots to see here!

Thank danielleritter
Reviewed 3 days ago

This entire facility is a worthwhile stop, and I've visited here dozens of times. But the theatre itself was closed for tours when I stopped a few weeks ago. I was able to take my family through the museum, gift shop, and tour the Peterson...More

Thank Therese H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Stopping at Ford's Theatre in Washington DC was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone visiting. My brothers and I went first thing in the morning for the 9.30am start time. The museum is filled with wonderful artifacts and information on Abraham...More

Thank Bud_McFud
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was by far the best tour we went on. All though we enjoyed everything we saw, the history and story at the Ford's Theater was fascinating. Book early and online. Our narrator was incredible.

Thank Jennifer D
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Hi, TLPsMom. What would you like to know about this attraction? Did you get a chance to walk around and explore inside Ford's Theater with the Ranger Talk? I noticed that they had a walkthrough session which is just a self-guided tour. I'm trying to figure out which one to buy tickets for. Thanks!
24 May 2017|
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Response from Sharon W | Reviewed this property |
The tour and museum are self guided but includes a ranger talk in the actual theater. There are rangers available inside the museum to answer questions.
I just want to see the museum and theatre box. When is the best time?
5 May 2017|
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Response from linfer | Reviewed this property |
Same day tickets are limited and do sell out. I would suggest to go early. We went a few weeks ago and they were sold out so we had to return the next day. Box office opens at 8:30am, we got there exactly 8:30 and had no... More
Pete Serria
would it be busier on a Sunday or a Monday? Price on line?
18 April 2017|
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Response from linfer | Reviewed this property |
We went on a Tuesday and it was also a full house. They sell a certain number of tickets for each tour time and everyone goes in as a big group. Same-day tickets are free. To reserve tickets in advance is $8.