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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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The theater is preserved to give you the feeling you have went back in time. The theater box that Lincoln sat in is decorated to match the evening he was shot. The history lesson... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2016
Lawrenceville, Georgia
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Windsor Locks, Connecticut
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 5 April 2016

The PLAY was boring and uninteresting. see the Park Service presentation it is free and very informative. Save yourself 5$ and skip the play.

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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Reviewed 5 April 2016

The theater is preserved to give you the feeling you have went back in time. The theater box that Lincoln sat in is decorated to match the evening he was shot. The history lesson comes in the form of a short play put on by professional actors about an hour long. The cost is $5. We went at 9:30 am... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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Reviewed 4 April 2016

After looking forward to visiting and being told it best to just go there and buy tickets at the door..... was so upset and disappointed that every ticket was sold out! BOOK IN ADVANCE PEOPLE!

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FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your feedback! We realize the low light levels in the museum can be frustrating; they are required to preserve the many fragile historic artifacts we have on display. More 

Potomac Falls, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 April 2016

Beyond the historical displays at the Ford Theater, there are ongoing performances in the theater. Unlike the Kennedy Center where your seats might be 200 feet from the stage, I think the farthest seats from the stage at Fords is 50 feet. The performances my not have Hollywood names, but the performances are first rate. We recently saw 110 in... More 

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Reviewed 4 April 2016

This museum is incredible! For Lincoln-philes and people who know little about the Civil War alike, this museum has it all! It's good for kids and history buffs and can fill 3 hours of your life! The Rangers are knowledgeable and helpful and the other staff are helpful and friendly. Ask lots of questions, you never know what you'll learn... More 

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Palm City, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

The Park Rangers have an excellent program to share with their audience at Ford's Theater. If you are not fortunate enough to have obtain tickets for the guided tour, do not hesitate to pay for and take the self-guided tour. This is an endeavor that will take up most of your day by the time you purchase/receive your tickets, kill... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

The theater and the house where Lincoln died were very interesting. The exhibit where they shove you for 30 minutes before you see the theater, however was not. The little show that the man put on was very cute and informative.

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FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your feedback! For visitors who are not interested in seeing the museum, we offer some entry times that includes theatre-only admission. For auditory learners, we alternately offer audio guide tickets that allow you to hear additional stories, character voices, sound effects and historic photos to enhance your experience in the museum. More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2016

There was a very long line outside the theater but it was worth the wait. Tickets are just $3.00 and I would highly recommend that you order your tickets on line as soon as you are able. There are limited ones available at the box office beginning at 8:30 and are first come-first served. The self guided tour of the... More 

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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Reviewed 2 April 2016

Easy to get to by subway, walking or hop on/hop off tour bus. We couldn't get tickets in advance, but went to the box office and the representative was very informative about which day she thought we'd have the best luck. We lined up at about 8:05am and there were about 50-75 people on line in front of us. At... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 1 April 2016

Our visit to a ranger-led talk at Ford's Theatre and the Peterson House was the highlight of our trip to Washington. I booked ahead a few weeks in advance, and was still too late to get admittance to the museum, but it was still a wonderful stop. The details of that fateful night came alive, and more than 150 years... More 

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