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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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+1 202-347-4833
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I stumbled upon this getting off the Hop On Hop Off tour and I’m glad I did. The presentation was entertaining and informative. Be sure to check out the top tiers for better pictures.

Thank Brianne M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Could not have planned it out any better. Ford's Theatre was the first place we visited as the start of our D.C. trip. It was great to learn about how important President Lincoln was during his time as president. This was the only "admission fee"...More

Thank NinaCa
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Theater is like stepping back in time. A park ranger will speak of the events leading up to and after the assassination of President Lincoln. Across the street is the house where he passed away with a museum on the upper floors. Spend a...More

Thank Dennis H
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Booked this tour about a week in advance and booked the wrong date but they were gracious in letting us go anyways. I paid for the audio guides to avoid so much reading but you still have to read. They have kid guides available also....More

Thank Massiel H
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was a very interesting tour. You have a bit of time in the museum first then take your seats inside the theatre. If you’re visiting, we would absolutely recommend this!

Thank LondonGirl0000
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The theater has been accurately recreated and the ranger talks paint a dramatic picture of the fateful night. There are museum displays of the time period before and after.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Two things stop this from being a five star review. First if you go on the hour you have to spend 45 minutes in the museum/waiting for theater presentation before the presentation starts. They also tell you to line up 15 minutes before your ticket...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We attended the presentation by the Ranger outlining the events around Lincoln assasination. Very interesting and provided a very good background. Tickets get you access to Peterson House (directly across street from theatre) which is where Lincoln was taken after he was shot. Make sure...More

Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing tour. First get taken back in time in the theatre by a historian in period dress attire. They walk you through that week in history and then the events that night. You can literally stand 10 feet from where Lincoln himself was shot....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I feared that this might be a tacky cash-in on a tragic event. I couldn't have been more wrong. For a country so renowned for its commercialism, this theatre cover the events before, during and after the assassination in a most educational and sensitive way....More

Thank Robin S
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2 hours is about right
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Response from patriciasowers | Reviewed this property |
It is open. Lines can get long but well worth the wait. I strongly encourage you to visit Ford's Theatre across the street. The museum downstairs is excellent!!!
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