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Ford's Theatre

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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
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+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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Wonderful historical adventure

Great to see when you're a history enthusiast. The museum portion of the theatre, combined with the tour of the theatre itself, and then being able the visit the house where... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great to see when you're a history enthusiast. The museum portion of the theatre, combined with the tour of the theatre itself, and then being able the visit the house where Abraham Lincoln passed away, it was truly an adventure.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have been here a few times but it never disappoints. Took my husband this time (young son on school trips before). He is not only a history buff but also a presidential collector and Lincoln may be his favorite. We really enjoyed our visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I thought this would be very boring but I actually enjoyed it. The way it was explained by the theaters owners was very interesting.....and the story was great. Then we went across the street to where Lincoln died and toured that...you learn a lot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visit DC yearly for 30 years now and I’ve always wanted to see Ford’s Theatre. We did a hop on and off through DC Trails. The tickets are free however you have to get them online or at Ford’s previous to your tour since they only take so many in a group. The tour begins going downstairs into the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We got in for free the day we went, but usually you do have to pay for the tour. No, you can't get into the box, but you are able to look in from the balcony next to it. They do put on plays at the theatre, so check ahead to make sure you will be able to get in.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our teen girls stated this was their favorite highlight. The presentation inside the theatre is amazing. A docent dressed in period clothing gives a minute by minute account of the events leading up to Lincoln's death. You see the box seat where Lincoln and his wife sat as well. The tour inside the theater is informative and well done. It... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited on a day when rehearsal was being held so unfortunately we could not enter the theater part of this historic building. However, we did see the museum located in the basement as well as the Peterson House across the street where Lincoln died. Very nice to visit and completed in less than an hour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very informative experience that deals with the life of Abraham Lincoln before he became president, during the civil war up to and after his assassination. Pay the extra $5.00 for the audio guide to get extra insight to the displays. Book on line in advance for the day & time you want to visit as there are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is for the history lovers and those that want to experience a piece of geniune American history. You will learn the complete plot surrounding President Lincoln's death. I got to sit in Mrs. Roosevelt's chair in the theater! Tickets are timed and on a first come, first serve basis so be sure to check at the ticket booth.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We reserved our tickets online before and had an easy time getting there and learning about the history of the theatre as well as Lincoln. It was interesting for our children ages 4-8 as well as the adults. We plan on coming back!

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