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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 2 weeks ago

The Ford's Theater offers tours focused on the history of the building and Lincoln's assassination. The tours are free, but require a ticket. In mid-season, you probably want to "buy" a ticket in advance (Free, but a $3 service fee). The tour starts with time...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We saw “Jefferson’s Garden” performed by a talented troupe in the beautiful Ford theater. This small theater offers comfortable seating and an opportunity to walk through the excellent museum an hour before the show. We had visited the museum before but it is set up...More

1  Thank Mary S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great experience visiting the place where Lincoln died. The only thing is that the museum in the basement was closed. Anyway a must see if you love history

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a resident Washingtonian, my wife and I have been patrons (and guest services volunteers) for 15 years. Ford's treats its volunteers with utmost respect and care. That translates into treating guests and services with utmost respect and care. Its mission is to promote the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were fascinated by the Ford Theatre and what occurred there. Felt a great sadness when we crossed the street to the house. Was so interesting, is definitely worth a visit.

Thank JKHL
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tours now include the theater museum, theater (when productions are not taking place) and the house across the street. Interesting tidbit: The theater was remodeled into offices after the assignation, and restored about a hundred years later.

Thank The_Guy_from_WI
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We saw "A Christmas Carol" for our anniversary and thoroughly enjoyed the entire evening. Great casting. Great actors. Great prices. Nearby parking lots. As a donor, benefits abound too. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND going to Ford's Theatre to tour the museum, shop in the gift shop...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Has all you're looking for in such a place, well organized, personally I had a fantastic time during the visit.

Thank Tribilin P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So much history here and to listen to the narrator from the park service was great. A must see in DC

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ford's Theatre is a must-see when visiting DC! It has a remarkable sense of history and importance despite being an active theater.

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maaustin2013
25 November 2017|
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Response from Arlusete | Reviewed this property |
We walked from our hotel. D.C. is easy to walk. Otherwise, take a taxi right to the door.
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cthob
6 October 2017|
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Response from ashapiro21 | Reviewed this property |
You should still be able to get tickets unless its a particularly although, you cannot go in or near the president's box
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belle438
23 July 2017|
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Response from Marti H | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The ticket for Peterson house across the street is good anytime after your ticket 11:35 time. If there is a line you can go to other places and come back later. Ford theatre is air conditioned and I don't think the... More
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