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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 June 2014

Make sure you take the opportunity to go to Ford's Theatre. The guided tour will fill you with a plethora of information. You not only see the theatre, which includes the basement and count-by-count activity of Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth's activities the day of the shooting, but also gives you a tour of the house across the street where Lincoln died. The park ranger gave great details that we wouldn't have known anywhere else.

You have the opportunity to have headphones for the tour. I highly recommend it. It gives you the change to look at the photos and artifacts vs. reading and looking. We had 2 children and they had headphones as well. These were geared towards children understanding, and weren't the same as our adult headphone guided tour. Seeing the basement "museum" was very interesting and had an overwhelming amount of artifacts.

I enjoyed what I learned in the house across the street as well. The tower of Lincoln books was amazing to see. It was a stack of all books written about Lincoln. It was 3-stories tall. He is the most written about man ever.

Make sure you check out what play is being shown at the theatre. We came back that evening and enjoyed a play "The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee". The kids were able to enjoy this as well. There is something special about seeing a play where Lincoln saw plays. We were able to view his booth from our seats. Pretty special experience!

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Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

It is a fantastic lesson of American history - both about Lincoln and the life of the nation at that time. Be sure to visit 'One Destiny' play, we picked one at 5:00 because this and the next one is also giving 30 minutes access to the museum area and it's just the right amount of time to see it. The artefacts are magnificent and the play itself is a great experience - showing how it all happened exactly right there. The play is great. And make sure to visit Petersen's house on the opposite side of the road just after that, with the bed where Lincoln died. Amazing experience!

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

This was one of the highest ranked places according to my grandson that he wanted to visit and we were not disappointed. We had to wait almost an hour for our tour as we arrived late in the afternoon, but that was not a problem. The Pedersen House across the street, part of the tour, was most interesting as well.

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

The speaker in Ford's Theatre was great and very informative. I loved going across the street to the Pederson House

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Reviewed 9 June 2014

I booked a 9am tour on our last day in D.C. and also paid a little extra for each of us to have our own audio tour, This was well worth the $7.50 spent, and they had a different version for children under 7 which my son loved. They really sell a lot of tickets for each entry time so get there before your time, we were about 10th in line and by 9am there were TONS of people in line including several high school groups. You first go through the museum which is so well done, could have spent another hour in there. After the museum you go into the theater to listen to a Ranger give a 30 minute presentation going through everything that happened on the day of Lincoln's assassination. Our Ranger was fantastic, he had a magnetic personality and held everyone's attention. After this you go across the street to see the Peterson House where Lincoln died. This was one of my family's favorite parts of an 8-day long trip. So glad we did this, it would be a shame to go to D.C. and not see this.

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