We live in DE and go to DC once or twice a year. The last time I went to Fords Theater was probably 15 years ago and you walked right into the theater. Then when we went last year theater it was under construction. So glad to see it open this time and what an improvement! First, you need to get a ticket because the talks are timed. Entry is free unless you want an audio tour then its $5. We chose the free and its fine. The museum is small but really nice w lots of artifacts and a small room w a movie. Then you go upstairs to the theater. Take the time to read whats on the walls. On the left is the itinerary of Booths Day and on the right is Lincolns. When you get up there you can go up to the balcony. If you sit on the left you have a direct view of the booth Lincoln was sitting in when shot. Now, if you have kids, this is where it can get tricky. Mine are 8 and 11 and were fine but both expressed disappointment in that it was just a park ranger giving the details and not a show. Its a 15 minute recap of what happened that day. I have to say though, our park ranger was really good at capturing your imagination. And when we got home, my 8 yr old son was able to recap the whole thing to his father! Its great to go to a museum but if you're in DC the two things that are the biggest part of US history are the White House and Fords Theater. Been to both and loved being a part of it!
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