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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

One enters thru a modern addition to the original theatre, and immediately goes downstairs to an excellent museum. Then it's a two flight walk upstairs to the mezzanine of the theatre itself. And there it is: the bow where President Lincoln was shot. You cannot...More

Thank Bill M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this theatre and the history behind it quite interesting. We did the ranger talk but would probably skip it if we went back. It was pretty much a rehash of the information we had read in the museum part of the theatre. Overall a...More

Thank Denise S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Watching a play here is a sideline for taking you back to the night of Lincoln's death. Let us never forget!

Thank Joroddenberry
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I intended to just have a look at the outside of Ford's Theatre but one of the rangers informed us we could go in with a free ticket. What followed was an unexpectedly brilliant morning! The museum has incredible pieces inside -...More

Thank sallybee33
Reviewed 1 week ago

This theater is a very important part of history that doesn't take long to see and it's free. It tells the story of the planning, the act of assassination and the aftermath of the killing of Abraham Lincoln. You get to go into the theater...More

Thank valerie p
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the theater! Sitting in the actual place where Lincoln watched his last play was very cool, I loved being able to hear about what took place that night in the order of occurrence was interesting and being able to see where he was...More

Thank michellesW5312IV
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just happened to be in the area and stopped in here. Surprised at the meaningful information available.

Thank Denny B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked well in advance on the website. I was a bit wary about booking this as part of our trip to Washington, but it was well worth it. You get a real sense of history. It's presented really well. Okay, it's been rebuilt/refurbished, etc, but...More

Thank Clearwell
Reviewed 1 week ago

So much more in here than expected, and you get to go across the street to see where Lincoln actually died. But oodles of information in the museum, and great to then actually visit the theatre

Thank Kate W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We couldn't get into any of the guided tours so we just went to the museum and then the ranger talk in the theater and then you go across the street to the house where Lincoln died. They give you 30 minutes in the museum...More

Thank pgalaska
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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.
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