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“A step back in time”
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Ford's Theatre
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed 14 November 2013

This looks like a small place until you get inside. We were very impressed at the amount of material and how well it was presented. Very nicely done. Excellent job at interpretation of both what happened on that day in Lincoln's life and that of John Wilkes Booth. Still an active theater, you can sit in the seats and see the balcony where Lincoln was shot, as well as the stage being setup for the show. The house across the street where he was brought to is well worth visiting, as you'll wonder how he was laid out on the small bed. Very impressive display of a stack of books that have all been written about Lincoln. Not to be missed.

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Reviewed 9 November 2013

The staff was very friendly and helpful,this displays were impressive,some very interesting pieces,the gun used to kill him,the suit he wore and so forth.The story was thoroughly explained on the placards,you could actually sit in the balcony of the theater,and view the box.Tour includes house across the street,where he died and includes more artifacts.Very informative,no admission fee except for donation,about 2 good hours.

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Reviewed 8 November 2013

All tours will drive by the theater and explain the importance of the building and the alley next to it. Good to know and see but I didn't get off and really take time to check it out very much.

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Reviewed 7 November 2013

I really enjoyed this, and the people who worked there were happy to answer questions. The staff was very knowledgable.

Thank Sherry H
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

The lady that told us the history was so entertaining, and she dressed how she would have dressed back then. They put the events from the night of Lincoln's shooting into a timeline of events so you could follow along and truly understand what was happening. Very interesting, and deifnitely worth the hour visit. The museum was also very interesting... and it just keeps going!

Thank jasonlauren
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