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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 29 July 2014

We visited Fords theater on our recent visit to DC, and it was all we expected. Be sure to buy the the ticket for the museum o be able to see everything to include the Petersen House across the street. We also purchased the "HISTORY ON FOOT" tour which was fantastic!!! Its a great addition to the attraction.

Thank Carol M
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Tourist curiosity hinges on Lincoln's assassination along with the actual site of his death in the Petersen House across the street.
Neither place has any intrinsic merit and without the association with Lincoln they would have been redeveloped into a Starbucks or similar long ago.
For Lincoln buffs, it will be a form of pilgrimage. For the rest of the world it will be a pretty neutral experience. You won't berate it but it's unlikely to be the major feature in a postcard home.

Thank Andrew M
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

I had not been to Ford's Theatre for about 10 years and the exhibits are wonderful. We also enjoyed the exhibits across the street. So take your time and enjoy it all.

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

If you loved the movie LINCOLN then this tour is a must. The tickets are free or you can pre- order them online for $3.75 per person. The tour starts in the basement with the museum then goes into the theatre and ends across the street at the Peterson House. The museum is very informative and has the actual gun that Booth used to shoot Lincoln. We chose the tour that included the Ranger talk which was excellent - so much interesting information that it kept my attention for the entire talk. The Peterson House also has a walk thru exhibit that follows the visit to the house - I believe it had three floors of information but we did not view all of it. The gift shop is very small.

Thank samanthandtravismom
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

It's such an important place in our history, and it was great to see it, but not much else here. Still, you gotta go once.

Thank Newsat11
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