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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 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ford’s Theater is a little deceptive when looking at it from the street & even the lobby is small & quaint. However, once you enter the auditorium itself everything takes on a whole new life & the incredible impact of what took place here so...More

Thank M8316LPwilliamf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum that taught the specifics to Lincoln’s assassination for those in our group. The NPS presentation was terrific. Glad we went and sad the house across the street was closed for construction.

Thank Susie M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's unfortunate that this was the scene of Lincoln's murder, but this history has kept it in great condition, and it is an absolute gem of the city. It's such a fun little theatre, you really get up close with the actors, and there are...More

Thank Vanessa L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a history lover, my husband really wanted to see the theater where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. I am not a history lover, but it was still interesting to see this place. We skipped through a lot of the "museum" area, and quickly went into...More

Thank Carmen46062
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've visited Washington DC several times and somehow missed this until our past visit. This is a shame because it's incredibly interesting! We were surprised to see the gun and bullet that killed President Lincoln. There are several other unique, intriguing artifacts and photographs. The...More

Thank AnnieRuokay1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a dual review since I am reviewing both the theater itself and the "Christmas Carol" production we saw there. I have been to Ford's theater in the past. The building is not original but rather a reconstruction on the original grounds on which...More

Thank Arlene M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They've really improved this place since our last visit years ago. With the addition of the new museum downstairs and new facility across the street this is now one of the sites that you definitely don't want to miss if you're in D.C.

Thank Pat w
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Paid $3 for s tour of the theatre before coming back for a show of ‘A Christmas Carol’. Really enjoyable tour, the NPS guide was very interesting and showed a passion for the theatre. Had a good look around and found the whole history really...More

Thank MightyredEngland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had planned about an hour's visit here at the theatre, but there was so much more to see than we expected. I would suggest planning 2 - 3 hours (without young children). There is an entire museum to visit before even going into the...More

Thank TroisChatsLies
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit to Ford's theatre. The highlight of the museum was the presentation inside the theatre by the park ranger. He was terrific! We rented audioguides but ended up not listening to them. The museum has very well labled exhibits.

Thank kemistry2000
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25 November 2017|
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Response from Arlusete | Reviewed this property |
We walked from our hotel. D.C. is easy to walk. Otherwise, take a taxi right to the door.
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