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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

There are three parts to this site: a museum about Lincoln's presidency and the events leading up to the assassination, a visit to the theater (with a discussion by a Park Ranger), and a visit to the Peterson House, where Lincoln died. Most interesting is...More

Thank Smudgecats
Reviewed yesterday

This is one of the best attractions in DC and it was free! Your ticket entitles you to visit the very interesting and information/documents/photos packed museum within the building before entering the actual theatre where the presidential box is preserved for eternity, which is quite...More

Thank Frederic S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We headed into the city from Bethesda to see a show at the National Theatre. Since we have to meet sometime we decided to stop off at Ford's Theater. It was so nice to see all of the groups outside especially the one that had...More

Thank Rtwodogs
Reviewed 3 days ago

While this site is jointly managed by a private entity and the National Park service, this remains a gem in our National Park system. We spent two hours exploring the museum, the theater and the exhibits across the road at the Peterson House. There is...More

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was an interesting morning at Ford's Theater. Get a timed reservation in advance and order an audio guide for your tour. In the theater you fell as if you have stepped back in time. The museum was interesting and the visit to the Peterson...More

Thank Arlusete
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

While I’ve visited Washington, D.C. several times I’d never made it to Fords theater and finally made it a priority and I’m glad that I did. You can either get to the box office early and get free tickets or you can order online for...More

Thank Lou L
Reviewed 6 days ago

We didn't tour inside the theatre, but we walked past every day from our hotel to the National Mall. Crowds were lined up every day to get inside. Just standing in front of this place you get such a sad sense of the tragedies that...More

Thank MyTwoCent s
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The performance was spectacular and very well performed. If you stay here in DC take the time to take in the show. It is well worth the time and money. The wife and I really enjoyed it. You also get a free tour of of...More

Thank 630dwaynep
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe, which is a few doors down. We visited the theater and learned so much more about President Lincoln. Across the street is the house where Lincoln died. Self- guided Tour includes that as well. Well worth the time...More

Thank BRLAAdventurer
Reviewed 1 week ago

You get to see Ford;s theater ans well as the house across the street where he died. Not the actual bed sadly and too short for him, but they do the best they can. Huge gift shop.

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7 October 2017|
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Response from Kate W | Reviewed this property |
I have absolutely no idea and I don’t think previous visitors will either. Feels like a question for the theatre directly. .
23 July 2017|
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Response from Marti H | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The ticket for Peterson house across the street is good anytime after your ticket 11:35 time. If there is a line you can go to other places and come back later. Ford theatre is air conditioned and I don't think the... More
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.