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Ford's Theatre

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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
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+1 202-347-4833
08:30 - 17:00
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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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Amazing attraction- IF YOU CAN GET IN!

This is attraction is free, but there are only a limited amount of tickets available per day. It opens at 9, & often run out of the daily allowance of tickets by 9:30. It is an... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Findlay, Ohio
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Findlay, Ohio
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is attraction is free, but there are only a limited amount of tickets available per day. It opens at 9, & often run out of the daily allowance of tickets by 9:30. It is an incredible experience, so you want to go. My advice is to buy your tickets online for $3.00 each. It's a minimal amount & it... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I visited the Ford Theater in 2000 and it was a quick informative visit to a very historic place. While I understand times have changed and security needs have increased, this really was not a fun visit. We arrived towards the front of a very long line, and ENTIRELY TOO MANY PEOPLE were admitted into what felt like an extremely... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were surprised at how much we learned about life in DC and in the nation-as-a-whole during the Lincoln years. Our initial intent was to sit in theater where President Lincoln was assassinated and hear a recounting of the story of that night. But we pleasantly surprised at how much more we learned about the Civil War years in America.... More 

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South Florida, Florida
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went here to see the show, Ragtime, which was very entertaining. But as part of the admission, you have access to the museum downstairs which has an informative exhibit. But in the theatre, I just got goose bumps looking up at that booth where, in 1865, a gunshot changed history.

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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a popular place to visit. You can see actual productions in the theater, as well as the tours. I encourage everyone to go online and book the tickets ahead of time. The tickets are free, but you pay a convince charge for booking ahead. This will save you time in line, as well as avoid having it booked... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Our morning started with finding $10 parking right next to the theater. Score. Then we found very helpful and pleasant staff who helped explain what we needed to do for our tour. Our daughter is a huge fan of Mr. Lincoln so she really enjoyed the 1 act play about his death and the tour of the Peterson House that... More 

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our whole family (ages 8 and up) loved Ford's Theatre! I do have to say that I don't feel it was quite as well-organized or clearly guided as some other tour experiences in DC, but it was still a great time. If you book a tour, they'll tell you to expect an hour start to finish, but it's really closer... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The downstairs museum was dark and filled with so many people that I found it claustrophobic. However the play for visitors was well done and it was exciting to see Lincoln's box next to the stage. That evening my group returned for "Ragtime" and the cast had great voices and the stage sets were imaginative. I'm not a fan of... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

excellent play in a famous theatre. small in size so not packed in areas. great memorial to President Lincoln also. defo worth a visit

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were so excited to visit Ford's Theatre. However, we were disappointed that there wasn't a historian taking us through it. It could have been much more powerful. You also cannot go into the room Lincoln was sitting in anymore. You need to view it from the theatre. You cannot see how and where John Boothe got into the theater.

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