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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 yesterday via mobile

Fords Theatre is a free tour of the actual theatre where Lincoln was assassinated. Still in use today for plays despite all the tourist interest. It’s free, but you can contribute to a donation box if you want. Museum is also located in the basement...More

Thank William K
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a wonderful visit to the theater when Lincoln was shot, which has been restored to its 19th century condition. The theater contains a great museum covering the civil war era and the assassination. Part of the tour includes the home across the street...More

Thank dangerFlorida
Reviewed 4 days ago

Ford's Theater is neat to see and the museum at the theater and across the street next to the Petersen house are a must see to complete your experience.

Thank borntotravel60
Reviewed 4 days ago

This has become such a tourist attraction that most of D.C has enough room to accommodate the people. This has a line out the door so get there early. Holidays are even more crowded. The house across the street that kept Lincoln was great and...More

Thank rsocha88
Reviewed 4 days ago

Having spent the whole day touring around DC and all the museums we could get in to (there's so many and they're free!) we happened to be near Ford's Theatre and decided to get a quick picture in front. We had no plans to go...More

Thank Matt C
Reviewed 4 days ago

Every student learns what happened at Ford's Theatre, and it is interesting to see. They provide a set of exhibits on many issues surrounding the civil war, Lincoln, and the aftermath of the shooting, and you can go in the actual theater to see where...More

Thank MizzouLizard
Reviewed 6 days ago

A really worthwhile visit book ahead for3 dollars so that you get the time you want The visit is very extensive and could easily take 2 hours The museum is fascinating with many exhibits explaining Lincoln and his beliefs explains the story of his assassination...More

Thank hayesone
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed both museums, but I especially liked the Ranger Talk in the theater itself. Moving and educational experience.

Thank TalSmh
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pay $3 ahead online and get the first tour of the day. I thought that we would only get to see the theatre itself, but we got admission to the museum (where the derringer is that killed Lincoln) and the Peterson boarding house across the...More

Thank Jamie S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Last time I saw Ford’s Theater was in 2000. Then the basement was a museum. The old museum had photographs of the theater and newspaper articles, along with clothing of the time period. There were play bills, funeral memorabilia, and recounts of the train journey...More

Thank Joni D
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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. .
24 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
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.