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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
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I appreciated the extra detail and background of watching the play at the theatre. Of course it was interesting to see the exact location of Lincoln’s assignation but also enjoyed the museum below.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

its scheduling system is weird. never know what is available what isnt,why,what dates etc. shows are on random dates. goofy.

Thank David P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You have to book tickets online in advance for $3. Ok no big deal. You have to wait outside in the sun/heat before you get in. They have a couple Lincoln artifacts and a great amount of information about Lincoln, his presidency, the challenges he...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For a free visit (donation) , with a 15 minute commentary on the events that lead to Lincoln’s death - this was actually really fabulous and full of historical importance to US History! To be seated that close to where President Lincoln sat so long...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

saw the theatre and the place where Abraham Lincoln was taken to after he was shot .. a nearby building ..it has a plaque mentioning this on the outside of the building ... History!!!!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am giving 3 stars only because we couldn't go in the theatre. We were told it was closed because they were preparing for a production. It was still humbling to see the theater and the Peterson House.

Thank Amanda S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Obviously a historical location. Worth doing if in the area. Allow about one hour. Many artifacts and history. Some items are replicas.

Thank Jeff M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was truly humbling to stand in the same theatre that President Lincoln was shot. Lots of informative information. Free if you do a self guided tour. Museum had lots of interesting things to view and read.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My 11 yr old grandchildren wanted to do this. I wasn't too interested. However, the exhibits and displays really draw you in. It wasn't hard to get a ticket. We got in line (only one person ahead of us) at 10:30 and could have gotten...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Growing up in Illinois many years ago, we were indoctrinated to almost worship Lincoln. So visiting Ford's Theater is automatically ingrained in me; I have visited inside this historic spot twice before (over a decade ago) and it remains the most memorable spot in D.C....More

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Frongis
20 June 2018|
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Response from Bethany T | Reviewed this property |
The easiest way is to order them online at their website and pick them up at the will call window. We went to the theater and then across the street to the Home that he died in. The line there may look long, but it goes... More
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Frongis
20 June 2018|
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Response from Rebecca S | Reviewed this property |
The entrance to Ford'sTheater is free. We just found the tour times, arrived, 20 minutes early and went to the box office to get the tickets. Also, if you have a National Parks Passport, there is a stamp for this Park.
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Mog3
30 May 2018|
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Response from Erin H | Reviewed this property |
You won't need it, but as others have said, you will need a ticket. You can get those at the theater's service center.
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