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Ford's Theatre

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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
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+1 202-347-4833
08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00

The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln,...

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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Make sure to get your ticket the day you are planning to go. You will be able to walk up and get a ticket for the time slot you want, and it won't cost you anything. There is a... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Make sure to get your ticket the day you are planning to go. You will be able to walk up and get a ticket for the time slot you want, and it won't cost you anything. There is a lot of great history that you will get to read about when you go inside. There are stairs that you have... More 

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we had plenty of time to explore the museums, and the presentation at the theater was very good. We had young children and it kept their attention.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The National Park Service owns this. It is a small theater and a Park Ranger will give you the history of it once inside. Worth seeing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have lived in Washington, DC for 14 years and never visited this theater until this past weekend at the suggestion of a friend. We watched "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf". Intense but great play and wonderful acting! The theater itself has a museum on the lower level, which is interesting. The Peterson House across the street is where we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Park Ranger we had was awesome! What an unreal story. NO COST. Museum was interesting....Seeing the house across the street was cool. Kids even liked it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

its sad to be in the theatre that one of our presidents was assassinated in. there is a museum in the lower level of the theatre and a great gift shop. right across the street, you can go into the house and into the room where Pres Lincoln died. all these attractions are handicap accessible as well! my whole family... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you can get tickets to the Ford's Theatre for a show you will not regret it. It has lots of character and of course a lot of history too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So much history in this building, and the artifacts in the basement museum are extraordinary (the derringer Booth used!) Definitely a don't-miss.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is usually very difficult to get tickets inside to this; try online, ahead of time...nice historic museum artifacts...the rangers are informative...like others say, most of the time, since there is a show in the theater, you cannot get in...but it is worth it, to see a show here even...look at their website for that information...also, be sure to go... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Allow time for this. The first part is rather haphazard and you could miss important stuff like the actual gun that killed Lincoln. The walk up to the theatre is atmospheric, but then strangely anti-climatic once you can see the box in the theatre. The house opposite is very interesting too (included in your ticket)

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