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Ford's Theatre

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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
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+1 202-347-4833
08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00

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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We arrived at the same time as a large group of students who who 'lively' but it was still enjoyable Certainly worth a visit - is easy to find - just up from the visitors welcome... read more

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We arrived at the same time as a large group of students who who 'lively' but it was still enjoyable Certainly worth a visit - is easy to find - just up from the visitors welcome centre Didn't go across to the house where Lincoln died (other side of the road) as the group of students were en route -... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was fascinating to see where Lincoln was shot and to move through the museum and see what led up to the shooting and his activities earlier in the day. We learned things we didn't know including the similarities between his assination and Kennedy's.

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Vernon, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here for the Lincoln exhibit. I was nice, clean and looked well maintained. It's a free exhibit and gives a ton of information, even for someone who knows nothing about Lincoln, you can enjoy it. I really enjoyed that it didn't only focus on his death but on his life and presidency.

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Murphy, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is where Abraham Lincoln got shot, It's a theatre where they show and how he got shot. I would take my daughter but I don't know if the shots would care her or not.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was almost as an sacred experience visiting the For Theater where Abraham Lincoln was shot. The location is the authentic place where the incidence occurred. The museum is well organized, and walks you through what was the background for the murder, and the conflict related to the civil war and the presidential selection. This is well worth, and was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

To think we were just yards away from where Lincoln was shot was a lot to take in. The theater is a quiet tribute.

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Southern NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you don't get chills just walking in here as well as the house across the street, you are just not into history. The site of the assassination and where Lincoln actually died are part of the history of the country.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My family and I went to the Ford Theatre on a more relaxed day and it was much better than expected! They give you access to more than expected and we were able to get close to the actual box that Lincoln was assassinated in. This activity is free if you just walk in. I believe it is $3 if... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Don't expect to get in Lincoln's booth - historic preservation means that's off limits. But there's a great little museum downstairs and in the room across from the Peterson House, and the tour guide in period dress (a woman - wish I could remember her name!) was phenomenal. Her retelling of the Lincoln story will give you chills and her... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What a gem this place is! Myself and my two girls - ages 9 & 13 spent 3 hours here becoming immersed in President Lincoln's history. We learned so much and were fascinated at the volume of detail that was provided!! We left with so much respect and admiration for this wonderful man. After touring the museum, we went into... More 

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