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Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre

Theater, Monument / Landmark, and Historic Site
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
  • Vivian N.
    "Amazing place to learn about Lincoln and Civil War."(16 Tips)
    Luke C.
    "actual gun used by John Wilkes Booth."(3 Tips)
    Edward D.
    "A part of American history."(3 Tips)
    Christopher L.
    "Very good audio tour"(4 Tips)
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  • Edward D.
    A part of American history. Info & artifacts related to the assassination of Abe Lincoln. This is a place all Americans visiting DC ought to take the time to visit. You might even learn something.
  • Joao V.
    Joao Veloso JrFebruary 13
    Historical site. Staff presents by heart and makes it even more special.
  • Rick R.
    Rick RoudebushSeptember 12, 2017
    The tour continues
  • Erik G.
    Erik GrayApril 20, 2017
    Watch the play that portrays the days after. It's all done by two actors.
  • heidi l.
    heidi longApril 8, 2017
    Small theater, but nice seats and Wonderful play. "Ragtime ". Beautiful singing and musuc
  • heidi l.
    heidi longApril 8, 2017
    Ragtime ❤❤❤
  • Luke C.
    Luke CardyDecember 27, 2015
    We had a really cool afternoon here, they have a lot of information and displays on the Lincoln assassination and even the actual gun used by John Wilkes Booth.
  • Biz T.
    Biz TraveldudeNovember 7, 2015
    Cool, quaint, historic
  • James C.
    James CSeptember 7, 2015
    It's a humbling experience. Truly a place that must be seen by all people.
  • Claire E.
    Claire EllenJuly 19, 2015
    And often overlooked stop in DC I highly recommend it do the tour of the museum and the presentation very informative
  • John H.
    John HankusJuly 16, 2015
    Get there early for the free tickets because they sell out for the day on a first come first serve basis really quick.
    Upvoted Jul 26
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUJune 19, 2015
    Talk about a walk into history! Read more
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SmithMay 13, 2015
    Museum isn't great. You can see what Abe was wearing when he was shot and also the head his pillow was on. The Peterson house is worth it as is the small show you see in the theatre. Can't see the box
    Upvoted Sep 16
  • pipitu
    pipituDecember 29, 2014
    Free tour tickets are available daily at BO.
  • Cheng Y.
    Cheng YangOctober 17, 2014
    If you are coming for an evening performance, other than the French bistro opposite the theatre, try Hard Rock( happy hour 4-7pm) or Harrys( on E st & 11th) for a quick drink & small bites before show
  • National Geographic Traveller (UK)
    The place where President Abraham Lincoln was shot dead has been restored to how it was on that fateful night. Tours start with an exhibition that tells the story of his presidency. Read more
  • Mike B.
    Mike BarkerOctober 4, 2014
    Park Rangers do a great job
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    So small and hard seats if you're going for a show but historically significant.
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LongAugust 7, 2014
    Very good audio tour, well done & informative museum, good presentation by the ranger in the Theatre itself. Worth a visit to learn more about Lincoln, see where he was shot and the room in he died.
    Upvoted Aug 25
  • Denis H.
    Denis HurleyJune 29, 2014
    The employees will tell you seats in the theater are "first come, first serve," but there are plenty of seats. Stay in the museum as long as you want- there's no need to rush for a seat and wait.
  • Chef Scott A.
    Chef Scott AndersonNovember 3, 2013
    Be sure to talk to volunteers, they have loads of great info
  • Keith H.
    Keith HunterOctober 24, 2013
    Don't fight the line to go downstairs. Go up stairs and opposite of the presidential box for the best seats ever.
  • James G.
    James GutierrezAugust 22, 2013
    Lincoln was shot here
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SAugust 10, 2013
  • Jim O.
    Jim O'DonnellJuly 28, 2013
    Fast tour.
  • Julia P.
    Julia PileJuly 27, 2013
    Need a free timed ticket. Theatre is gorgeous. Rangers do a great job of telling the history.
  • Jobu J.
    Jobu JemasJuly 20, 2013
    The narrator was great. Really made you feel like you were there that night.
  • Matt W.
    Matt WiedenhoeftJune 23, 2013
    Audio tour is not worth the extra money. The tour is worth the time & the theater is amazing. You can see directly into the box where Lincoln was shot.
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon M.April 24, 2013
    In march the park service closes off the Lincoln booth because the large school groups create a fire hazard :(
  • Michael C.
    Michael CastroApril 9, 2013
    One of the best free tours in DC.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas CarpenterApril 2, 2013
    Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?
  • Danielle S.
    Danielle S.March 26, 2013
    If you come for the programming outside of the tours and museum, forget One Destiny. Go for the educational talk with park ranger Caleb instead. What a fox!
  • Joan E.
    Joan EisenstodtFebruary 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Before/theatre, dine at Bistro d'Oc across the street. Charming, family own & operated;excellent food, ambience, lovely wines. Soak up the history IN Theatre. Enjoy excellent productions.
  • John
    JohnJanuary 2, 2013
    Only the most dedicated and committed fans of American history come here to learn about the man who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation.
  • Vivian N.
    Vivian NunezJanuary 2, 2013
    Amazing place to learn about Lincoln and Civil War.
  • Mark A.
    Mark AbrahamDecember 28, 2012
    The Acoustaguide is worth the $5.
  • Mark A.
    Mark AbrahamDecember 28, 2012
    You can rent the Acoustaguide for $5, or use your smartphone and download the Ford's Theater app. fords.org.
  • Micah M.
    Micah MacDonaldDecember 26, 2012
    Parking here is valet-only and takes a very long time after an event!
  • Genie G.
    Genie GohmanOctober 20, 2012
    We walked right in got our tickets and started the tour. This was October which is off season, but there were a lot of tour buses.
  • Paull Y.
    Paull YoungJanuary 2, 2012
    Read 'Manhunt', a great account of Booth's attempted escape after shooting Lincoln
  • Michelle F.
    Michelle FauntleroyDecember 29, 2011
    saw A Christmas Carol and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the show! excellent acting, great costumes, a little music and dancing, scary ghosts and the show moved right along!
  • Scoutmob
    ScoutmobNovember 28, 2011
    Across from the no-gum-allowed Ford's Theater, there's a gum tree you stick your gum on and take a picture with. If you're into that kind of nostalgic gum-chewing.
  • JESS3
    JESS3November 16, 2011
    Head to the back of the building (use the alley off of F) to see where Booth had his horse waiting when he shot Lincoln.
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ThompsonNovember 13, 2011
    You have to buy tickets now, last time I was here it was free.
  • Dana S.
    Dana SpechtNovember 6, 2011
    I found the rangers and staff to be knowlegable, helpful, and fun.
  • Danny C.
    Danny C 😱October 15, 2011
    Current production of Parade is one of the best things I've ever witnessed on stage!
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 19, 2011
    This is where John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, and he was taken across the street to the Petersen House where he died.
  • DC Preservation League
    Built by Baltimore theater entrepeneur John T. Ford in 1833 and reconstructed by architect James J. Gifford in 1863. The theatre was restored in 1967 to 1865 appearance
  • Carie J.
    Carie JonesJuly 10, 2011
    I recommend skipping this stop. Crazy anti-climactic for the wait. The museum exhibit wasn't bad.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GassJune 16, 2011
    Staff as a whole were rude and condescending. Not at all what we were expecting.
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