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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
+1 202-347-4833
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Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

Located between Metro Centre and Gallery Place on the metro, this functioning theatre is a free attraction where President Lincoln was shot. Combined with the former rooming house across the street, this is a must-see in Washington. Half-hour times entries happen throughout the day. Go...More

Thank MrHearsay
Reviewed 13 September 2015

Yes you can take a tour, but if you can try and visit when a show is one, this is the best way to see this historic gem. Don't miss the rest of the neighborhood where history was made.

Thank Ann9876
Reviewed 13 September 2015

This is worth a visit. The park ranger who spoke to us from up on the stage, was fantastic. He enthusiastically told the story of Lincoln and related details of his last day before going to the theater that night. He was a great story...More

Thank Terri W
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Ford's Theater...where Booth shot Lincoln, right. It's now a functioning theater, but you can go and see the spot where it happened. The day my wife and I went there, the theater was closed. As we were about to leave, she saw a sign saying...More

1  Thank Rob H
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Fantastic.terrific sense of history. Great presentation. Our kids loved it. Worth getting up early. Book ahead if you want to see it. Worth the visit

Thank RoadnottakenVA
Reviewed 9 September 2015

The ticket was free during labor day which was good. Interesting exhibit and knowledgeable curators. I never really knew much about US history, so it was a good experience learning about Abe Lincoln's assasination. Admission includes the Petersen House across the street.

Thank Peggah
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Visited Fords Theatre on a whim as I was just walking by, was able to get on the next tour (about 5 min wait). I had no expectations and as an international traveller did not really know anything more than this is the theatre that...More

1  Thank maccy78
Reviewed 9 September 2015

If you like American history, you will love Ford's Theatre. Make a reservation for the self guided tour online and get the audio package. The tour frames the times and events leading up to the Civil War, Lincoln's assassination, and the capture of John Wilkes...More

Thank LoopyM69
Reviewed 8 September 2015

Great tour but the only drawback was the tour guide leaving out the huge fact that the theater burned and was rebuilt. We thought Lincoln was actually shot in the exact balcony seat. Not exactly.....

2  Thank Chicagojetsetter
Reviewed 8 September 2015

This was a great tour. The museum that you tour as you enter the building is very informative. After the museum tour you are escorted into the main theatre where Lincoln was shot and a National Park Service Ranger will talk to you about the...More

1  Thank Jeanne P
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Hi, TLPsMom. What would you like to know about this attraction? Did you get a chance to walk around and explore inside Ford's Theater with the Ranger Talk? I noticed that they had a walkthrough session which is just a self-guided tour. I'm trying to figure out which one to buy tickets for. Thanks!
24 May 2017|
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Response from Sharon W | Reviewed this property |
The tour and museum are self guided but includes a ranger talk in the actual theater. There are rangers available inside the museum to answer questions.
I just want to see the museum and theatre box. When is the best time?
4 May 2017|
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Response from linfer | Reviewed this property |
Same day tickets are limited and do sell out. I would suggest to go early. We went a few weeks ago and they were sold out so we had to return the next day. Box office opens at 8:30am, we got there exactly 8:30 and had no... More
Pete Serria
would it be busier on a Sunday or a Monday? Price on line?
17 April 2017|
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Response from linfer | Reviewed this property |
We went on a Tuesday and it was also a full house. They sell a certain number of tickets for each tour time and everyone goes in as a big group. Same-day tickets are free. To reserve tickets in advance is $8.