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Ford's Theatre
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US$95.00*
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Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour
Ranked #20 of 418 things to do in Washington DC
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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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“Very nice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

I went into Fords theatre a little sceptical about how a "play" could do justice to the death of Lincoln. I felt like it would probably be a little hokey. I was wrong. The playwright did a great job in bringing Lincolns assassination to life, and did it in a respectful and informative way. One of the best sights to see in Washington.

Visited May 2014
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“WHAT A GEM!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

This Theatre is incredible - regardless of its history. BUT, the history is incredible too. There is a small museum downstairs that is worth the time and effort. It is really incredible.
To see a show in the Theater is truly a great experience. To think of sitting in such an historic place, watching a show as Mr. Lincoln many times did, was just inspirational. The theater is really a beautiful work of art as well. The history is just a great "cherry on top".

Visited May 2014
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Providence, Rhode Island
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“Incredible history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

Buy your tickets online in advance, as this attraction sells out early and often. You actually sit inside the theater and are spoken to by a character from the era of the Lincoln assassination. It's a fun event and the museum that precedes the show is fascinating as well. Lots of memorabilia from Lincoln and the day he was killed.

Visited June 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“History Comes Alive Here - Do Not Miss”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

Visiting Ford's Theater with our children (ages 7 & 10) was one of the highlights of our week in Washington D.C. Unlike a museum or a monument, it is a place where a very important albeit tragic event in American history actually took place. We highly recommend getting a ticket which combines a visit to the museum, One Destiny and the Peterson House across the street. One Destiny is a powerful show with great performances that will illuminate the events around the assassination. The museum is fascinating and includes the weapon used by Booth to kill Lincoln. Very important - be sure to get your ticket ahead of time as they sell out. We also recommend separately visiting the alley behind the theater where Booth made his escape (accessible from F Street). Recommend your kids read Lincoln's Last Days and the adults read Killing Lincoln (both by Bill O'Reilly).

Visited April 2014
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“A must visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

Loving history, there was no way I could not see this. And I was not disappointed. To actually be in the building where Lincoln was shot, and the bedroom he died...it's almost more than you can take in. The attached museum has the gun that shot Lincoln-wow

Visited May 2014
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