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Ford's Theatre
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Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour
Ranked #22 of 442 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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Buffalo, New York
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Must see”
Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

Ford's Theatre is very impressive!!! We brought our two young children to see Ford's Theatre Museum and listen to the Ranger speak in the theater itself. The museum was amazing with lots of artifacts from the Lincoln assassination. It also offered a lot of literature and videos to learn about what happened on that day.

I would advise on reserving tickets online if you're staying during the summer due to the busy tourist season. Reserving tickets cost $3.75 per person.

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Mesa, Arizona
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“The presentation was amazing”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The exhibit down stairs kind of gets you ready to go into the theater and is ok. Being in the Theater was really cool. The presentation by the staff member was absolutely amazing. His representation of the events made you feel like you were there when it happened.

Visited July 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“Well worth seeing”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Unlike many of the Washington attractions, the Ford's theatre experience goes by quickly. You're given about 40 minutes to wander around the basement museum and then are given a talk by a park ranger. While the guy wasn't exactly a riveting speaker, he got the story across. Contrary to many of the reviews I've read, I found the museum to be quite interesting. I could easily have spent another hour down there. It's full of mementos of that fateful evening, including the murder weapon. They outside of the old theater appears to be undergoing a renovation. The entrance is very new and not terribly in keeping with the original building. It's not lovely to look at.

Visited August 2014
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Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good History”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Very nice and considering it is a National Park, the entire tour is free. Don't do the self-guided tour, wait for the Ranger and the presentation at the end.

Visited August 2014
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NJ
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“They should have kept it the way it was”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

This used to be one of my most favorite attractions since I was a child. I remember the old Fords Theatre that looked more authentic and historical than the modern structure that the NPS has replaced it with. The downstairs museum used to house all the pieces associated with the assassination and funeral train...they are now across the street at the Peterson House. The museum has a few pieces, but is mostly picture/graphics and almost like a textbook exhibit. We didn't even bother to go into the theatre. We did venture across the street and that is different as well, but at least I could show my son the artifacts associate with his funeral and how the nation mourned him. It has lost much of it's historical value (in my opinion) by being modernized. It wasn't a modern event and everything does not have to be catered to today's need for bright lights and attention grabbing graphics and displays.

Visited August 2014
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