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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 27 May 2016 via mobile

First of all, this is a wonderful attraction and well worth the cost of admission through Ticket Master ($8) per person. I think you can get tickets on the day of, but I've heard it is difficult and not guaranteed. I would go through their...More

3  Thank Abby W
Reviewed 27 May 2016

We didn't visit the boarding house across the street, where Lincoln died, because the line was way too long. The theater itself if really neat. The museum has lots of interesting pieces from the night he was shot, as well as his presidency. We did...More

Thank hsipes
Reviewed 26 May 2016

Even though you purchase tickets expect to wait in very long lines to go into the theater. Then expect an even longer line when you go across the street.More

1  Thank Crystal W
FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2016

Thanks so much for your feedback! Due to the limited size of our lobby, we do not have room to accommodate everyone prior to their entry. We use the line as an organizational tool to admit those who have tickets for that entry time. While...More

Reviewed 25 May 2016

This is well worth it. Its just like when Lincoln was shot still the same. You can go across the street and see the house he died in also .A park ranger tells you all about it.

1  Thank dustin747
Reviewed 24 May 2016

This was a really cool museum and theater visit. The park ranger who was there stating the details of that night was AWESOME! If you think you know everything about what happened guess again! You then can also tour the Peterson boarding home, but we...More

1  Thank crystalo279
FordsTheatre, Manager at Ford's Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2016

Hi Ryan! Thanks for sharing your feedback. As a National Parks Site with high demand during our busy season (March-June) we try to allow as many people to visit while still ensuring a positive experience. For those who are looking for a more private experience,...More

Reviewed 23 May 2016

Went on a tour, very educational. The tour guide, on stage, told the whole story, it was great. Got to take plenty of pics. Also has a great gift shop

1  Thank Scott V
Reviewed 23 May 2016

This was very humbling and sad. The home where he died is is across the street is after this tour. They have pictures and explanations of the war in a great display. Makes you feel like you were there.

1  Thank johnnybeth2016
Reviewed 23 May 2016

This is a must see while in DC. I got tickets for the museum and ranger talk in theatre. The ranger did an excellent job of recreating the night Lincoln was shot. Very well worth it.

1  Thank TravelFanactic
Reviewed 23 May 2016

We bought tickets for the Ranger tour. It was very informative. Ticket also includes the museum and The Peterson house where Lincoln died.

1  Thank Patricia F
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

This site truly brings history to life! The story is vividly told, and the theatre itself is beautifully restored. A great visit at a fair price. However, the order in which you stand in the que line does not matter. You do not have to...More

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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.