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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 9 June 2016

The staff at the theater and museum are very kind and helpful! While I was worried about the crowd of kids outside, it wasn't bad within the museum or the Peterson House.

Thank jenniehenn
Reviewed 9 June 2016

We had been here several; times in the past, and we always find this an interesting stop. A great part of history and the rangers do a great job explainng what happened. Nice museum in the basement. A must see at some time in your...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 6 June 2016

On our recent trip to Washington D.C. we were able to get reservations to visit Ford's Theater where President Lincoln was shot. Last year we tried to visit but we were unable to acquire tickets. The basement museum is well worth the visit however the...More

1  Thank thibbs1955
Reviewed 6 June 2016

Wonderful experience. Very organized. Buy timed tickets in advance. Enter and then tour the museum at your leisure. This is a National Historic site and is administered by the National Park service so park rangers are your guides and information sources. After touring the basement...More

1  Thank motherofthebride23
Reviewed 6 June 2016

It may have been my favorite attraction in DC! I am a huge history buff and was amazed by the theater and balcony box where Lincoln was shot. The theatre is still a working theater but has kept the look and feel from 1863. The...More

Thank homerunkidblue
Reviewed 5 June 2016

Wha t a great way to experience history right before your eyes. You can get tickets ahead of time on line for specific times to visit during busy times. We are glad we did this as the theater was full. No empty seats. To sit...More

Thank Diana B
Reviewed 3 June 2016

This theatre, famously known as the place where Lincoln was shot, is full of history. The theatre itself is pretty ornate and features a thorough talk given by a park ranger. This is a must visit for any history buff. You can also visit the...More

Thank schmayla98
Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

This is a part of American history where the future of the US was dramatically changed. The tour and short play are well worth it as is a stop across the street to the Peterson House where Lincoln was rushed to after he was shot.

Thank McWett
Reviewed 2 June 2016

there was a tremendous number of artifacts on display to see. Even Lincoln's clothing the night of the murder. Excellent museum gives you a real feel of what had happened that fateful day.

1  Thank cannotwaittogetthere
Reviewed 2 June 2016

The main presentation speaker went on a little long. Lots of school groups. Long line waiting to get in.More

Thank gaylfeb1
FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2016

Thanks for sharing your feedback! Ranger Talks (the presentation speaker) are just one option to see Ford’s Theatre—for people who prefer to learn in other ways, we offer simple walkthroughs, the one-act play “One Destiny,” intimate guided tours and more. The entry lines can get...More

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Hi, TLPsMom. What would you like to know about this attraction? Did you get a chance to walk around and explore inside Ford's Theater with the Ranger Talk? I noticed that they had a walkthrough session which is just a self-guided tour. I'm trying to figure out which one to buy tickets for. Thanks!
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.
I just want to see the museum and theatre box. When is the best time?
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
Pete Serria
would it be busier on a Sunday or a Monday? Price on line?
18 April 2017|
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Response from linfer | Reviewed this property |
We went on a Tuesday and it was also a full house. They sell a certain number of tickets for each tour time and everyone goes in as a big group. Same-day tickets are free. To reserve tickets in advance is $8.