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Ford's Theatre

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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
Phone Number: +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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There are not many daily tours and it was sold out the first three times we stopped by. I ended up buying tix on the street. This was the one place you have to preplan for! Well... read more

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There are not many daily tours and it was sold out the first three times we stopped by. I ended up buying tix on the street. This was the one place you have to preplan for! Well worth it.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome presentation! Great history lesson for all ages! Park Rangers do an amazing job presenting a timeline! Visiting while theater was decorated for the holidays.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On April 14, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre. What you find out when you take the tour is what led up to that event and who, what and how it was able to happen and the aftermath of the shooting and death of the President. Insight in the persona of John Wilkes Booth and the co-conspirators... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

While in town for a conference we stopped here to check it out and hear some history. You begin with a tour of the museum before being admitted to the theater. The performer who told us the story of Lincoln's assassination was passionate and knowledgeable. Tour was free and included entry across the street as well. A bit lengthy but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to see A Christmas Carol over the weekend. It was amazing! I had been wanting to do this for as long as I can remember and am so glad I finally got to do it. The museum opens an hour early for theater patrons and the Peterson House across the street is a "must-see" to complete the experience.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The exhibits, the speech by the actor/ranger and the theater itself are all excellent. Hard to believe it is free also. I would put this in the category of not to be missed by anyone with even slight interest in the civil war.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to see the 7:30 show last night at the historic Ford's Theatre and was blown away by the performances and the theatre itself. I didnt have time to take any tours before the show but wish i could. Im not a big fan of musicals or any of these types of plays but this one was the exception. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a great museum and tour...and FREE. Amazing to hear the stories told about the night Lincoln was shot. Don't skip the house across the street where Lincoln died. Great museums in the theatre and the house. One of the BEST things I did in DC....and I did it all.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The theatre has been recreated and represents the place where President Lincoln was killed. It takes visitors back to that era. A Park Ranger gives talks several times a day but it is possible to enjoy the theatre on your own.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had lunch at Lincolns Waffles directly across the road which was pretty cool indeed, to sit there having breakfast looking at Fords Theatre. Makes for a great photo opportunity.

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