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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 1 week ago

We arrived late afternoon and queued at the box office for tickets. When we reached the front the nice lady said all the tickets were sold out but she had just been given two returns which we could have. We were delighted and asked how...More

Thank Duncan D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very informative, the Pearson House (where Lincoln died across the street) is a must see. The exhibits and lecture were fascinating and really gave a sense of what it was like during those turbulent times.

Thank fergusdi2010
Reviewed 1 week ago

A sight to see if your around this location. If you take the Open Top Bus tour they'll take you past this place. We walked past it as its next to the Hard Rock Cafe and then my wife pointed it out.

Thank Johnecko
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved learning about the background of Lincoln and Ford's Theatre! Definitely a most to see. The story teller in the Theatre kept the audiences attention the whole time. I love sitting back and hearing about history and all the little "unknown" parts we don't necessarily...More

Thank denandclaire
Reviewed 1 week ago

don't miss the park ranger talk in the theatre; best part of what we did and saw there; the ranger really talks the audience through exactly what happened the night President Lincoln was shot.

Thank Cele C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not only is this fascinating to learn more about Lincoln's assassination but so much amazing information on Lincolns rise, his accomplishments and his character. The actual theater area was interesting and the people dressed in period pieces in character were hugely valuable sharing bits and...More

Thank Kirstin B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We preordered the audio tour and it is fascinating. The problem was that out of the 25+ stations to listen to, we had only gotten to about no. 11 and we're told it was time to go to the next portion of the tour. We...More

Thank Lindajeff2015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my chances & didn't reserve tickets online for the additional fees. It worked out well because we arrived at museum Sat morning 9am & was able to walk in & get tickets for Ford Theatre, Peterson House, & After Events walk through for...More

Thank Jpsgirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

We obtained our tickets online before coming and arrived about a half hour before our tour. This worked out fine, but it would be ok to arrive within about 15 minutes of it, as well. Tickets were still available to those who did not buy...More

1  Thank dimooreSeattle_WA
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Ford's Theater while vacationing in DC. We purchased tickets online ahead of time as we had heard how busy it got. Good thing we did, as it was VERY busy. We chose the 12:00 p.m. slot. We probably arrived 15 min. early but...More

1  Thank MelindaMC74
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23 July 2017|
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Response from Annette K | Reviewed this property |
If you have obtained a ticket with an entry time of 9am prior to arriving at the theater, it may be possible to wander through the exhibits, this is at your own pace, in time to make your next tour, they may even allow you... 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