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Ford's Theatre

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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1499
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+1 202-347-4833
08:30 - 17:00
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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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Entertainment in an historic setting

I attended Ford's Theatre for a matinee of Ragtime. I did not go on any particular tour of the theatre. It is small, very clean and seems to have kept all period features. The... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Laura H
Charlottetown, Canada
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Charlottetown, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I attended Ford's Theatre for a matinee of Ragtime. I did not go on any particular tour of the theatre. It is small, very clean and seems to have kept all period features. The seating was comfortable. The show was staffed by smiling, friendly volunteers. The atmosphere was very quaint. The musical was amazing - very glad to have caught... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our trip to D.C. coincided with the anniversary of Lincoln's assassination. We purchased tickets for the History on Foot tour on Friday night the 14th of April, exactly 152 years after his untimely death. The tour was definitely worth the price. We covered about a mile and a half in 1 hour and 40 minutes, stopping at numerous places along... More 

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Ford's Theater marks the place of a low point in American History, but an important part of American History none the less. The location where President Abe Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth will always be an important spot in American History and the life & death of one of the World's Greatest Freedom Fighters.

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Saw Ragtime here during a recent trip; and first let me say, what a terrific production. I've seen lots of theaters and shows but that show in this theater was particularly moving. (See Ragtime if you haven't.) But, the intimacy of the space certainly added to the experience. Nice staff and nice assisting of ticket holders with the mechanics of... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We bought advance tickets here. I thought this would be a little silly but they had a woman come out dressed in clothing similar to what they would have worn that time. She told the story of the night in Fords theatre but she told it so well that you honestly did not take your eyes off of her. It... More 

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Going into the museum, It is apparent that it is a bit of a tourist trap. The way that the museum is set up seems to push you through too fast. I did enjoy the play that followed and thought that it was a saving grace but the museum aspect I wasn't a huge fan of. I think that this... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the place-ordered online reserved tickets and glad I did. Did the museum. watched the 30 minute stage show, Peterson house and post museum=Great 2 and half hrs. The theatre looked great. Sat downstairs during stage show- so glad ranger let us upstairs afterwards to take pics. So glad to see this historic site...also went behind to ally to see... More 

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We went for the play "Ragtime". Very powerful and great seats through out. When attending the theater, you also get free entry into the museum... slowest elevator ever and steep narrow stairs. We simply did not give ourselves enough time to explore the museum and all that was there deserved more of our attention. Please plan better then we did.... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

an interesting location to find about Mr Lincoln's final hours. At $3 to get in per person it truely is worth every cent. book in advance so you can guarantee your time slot. There is a good museum as part of this. Really worth a visit if you are in DC.

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It was incredible to be in such an important historical place and to top it off with seeing a fantastic play was a once in a lifetime experience. I gave 3 stars instead of 4 for not properly marking our seats as "limited view". It would have been nice to know ahead of time if that was the case so... More 

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