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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
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+1 202-347-4833
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a free place to visit and worthwhile to see. We opted not to buy the self guided audio tour and just took ourselves through the museum and into the theater. I had read that a ranger talk about the theater shooting of Lincoln...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We stopped here a little before 4:00 and got right in with the 4:00 group. We didn’t read everything. We saw the booth where Lincoln was shot. Saw the gun he was shot with and read some of the history of what happened that day...More

Thank Peggy G
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautifully restored historical building where President Lincoln was assassinated. We watched a short, live, 2-person theatrical presentation which was quite entertaining. This theatre is still a working theatre and worth the visit.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

They offer timed tickets to go into the theater and hear a ranger give a explanation of what theater life was like and the events of Lincolns assassination. I didn't go to the museum but did go across the street to the Lincoln Leadership museum....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visitor numbers have dramatically increased since our first visit, and the whole experience has been expanded with many information boards, videos and artefacts. Whilst we do not remember much about the previous visit, there was Ranger input, but it could not be better than the...More

Thank bsandrs
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited on a Thursday morning and were quite surprised to see how large the tour group was allowed to be. While it is a self-guided tour, the displays are in chronological order so that the whole group bunches up at the very beginning. The...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The museum was very interesting but was way too crowded. We were there on a Saturday and you couldn't move without bumping into someone else. The theater is also very neat and didn't seem to be quite as crowded as the museum was. It's definitely...More

Thank famlygal
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was not what I had expected, but was pleasantly surprised. A very interesting history lesson. Was very enjoyable.

Thank wafuss
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely a must do when visiting Washington! Ford’s Theatre is where Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 whilst watching All American Cousin. It’s free to get into but you do need time-slot tickets to enter and of course there’s always a transaction fee (it’s...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Ford Theater is a modern operational theater. The original buidling was torched and destroyed by a mob following Lincoln's assassination. The box where Lincoln was shot is a re-creation and you can get an idea of the proximities of the box to the stage...More

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Doris C
26 April 2018|
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Response from PastaBea | Reviewed this property |
The pistol is at Fords Theater. There is a great little museum downstairs that houses a lot of memorabilia.
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maaustin2013
25 November 2017|
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Response from Sharon P | Reviewed this property |
Street. We were walking.
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cthob
7 October 2017|
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Response from ashapiro21 | Reviewed this property |
You should still be able to get tickets unless its a particularly although, you cannot go in or near the president's box
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