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Fords Theatre

511 10th Street North West

About Us

Ford's Theatre is a live, working theatre located in downtown Washington, DC. As a national historic and cultural site welcoming visitors from across the nation, Ford's Theatre blends its rich history with performance excellence in serving as a living tribute to President Lincoln's love of the performing arts. When Ford's Theatre re-opened its doors in 1968 - after having been closed 103 years - it truly was reclaimed as a national treasure for all Americans, and those of us who work here are mindful of that legacy and grateful that Ford's Theatre once again is a vibrant showcase for the performing arts that President Lincoln so appreciated.

Under the new leadership of Producing Director Paul R. Tetreault, Ford's Theatre is excited about a dynamic new chapter in its history. He hopes to produce some of this country's most gifted playwrights from the 20th century and plans to bring to Washington the greatest theatre artists working today - Directors, Designers, Actors and Artisans.

As an integral part of its mission, Ford's Theatre provides accessibility to Washington area audiences with special needs. Through education and community outreach programs - ranging from interactive workshops for inner-city students, to teacher and student guides, to performances complemented by American Sign Language or audio description - Ford's serves a large, diverse population with differing backgrounds, ages, and economic means. Operation Discovery, Ford's subsidized ticket program, has been a vital part of community outreach since 1977. The program has introduced more than 100,000 economically disadvantaged young people to what is for many, their first theatrical performance. Nearly 25,000 students attend our productions each season on discounted tickets. We also hold Opening Act pre-performance workshops every season. Opening Act is an innovative series led by professional theatre instructors. Presented free of charge, the program combines exercises, discussion, and improvisation as learning tools for these younger audiences.


Allen Todd

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The course of history was changed here on the night of April 14, 1865 when John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, as the President watched a play. If you are visiting you have to make the stop at Ford's Theater. Get there early. They will open the museum before the first show. When they open they theater sit in the second story balcony, it has the best view. They park rangers will give a nice little recap of the events leading up to that fateful night. Across the street is the house where the President died, it is also a museum. It was being renovated when we visited.

BradJill Travels

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
We recently visited Washington D.C. and one of the most interesting attractions seen during the week was the Ford Theatre Museum. The Ford Theatre Museum is a downstairs exhibition hall, just below the actual theatre, where Lincoln was assassinated. Displays are modern, informative and do a nice job providing context around Abraham Lincoln - the person and President as well as building up the events that led to his assassination. There are quite a few historic artefacts that are combined with well-presented information to create a very good specialty museum experience for anyone interested in learning about President Abraham Lincoln. Recommended time for the collection is 30-45 minutes. We ended up spending over an hour reading through all the displays and looking at the various exhibitions. As part of the visit, you are invited to the actual theatre to listen to a talk, given by a National Parks Ranger, who tells how events unfolded on night of the assassination. We found this talk to be quite good and just the right amount of time. It was nice seeing the actual theatre as well as the booth where Lincoln was seated on the evening as well. In the end, we considered the Ford Theatre museum to be very good and well worth considering if you are a fan of President Abraham Lincoln or even just a person interested in history figures. After your visit you can also walk across the street and visit the Peterson House, where Lincoln was taken after being shot and where he died. Hint: You can reserve tickets (free entry) online and this is advisable if you want to visit during normal daytime hours, weekends and during peak times of the year. We visited midweek, first thing and had no trouble picking up walk-in tickets. However, it was very full shortly after due to the arrival of a few decent sized tour groups. As such, we would simply recommend to book in advance if this is a high priority for you during your time in Washington D.C. Hint: There are similar period exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History which complement if not overlap what you will see at the Ford Theatre Museum. If you plan to visit both, we might suggest visiting the Ford Theatre first so you can see the actual theatre and artefacts here before visiting the much larger Smithsonian and its exhibitions which include this time period in American History.

Ronnie Martin

Friday, May 18, 2018
We had an amazing time here! If you're a history buff you have got to come here! They've done such a great job keeping this theater looking so good! We learned so much from the guide! They were all so very friendly and knowledgeable about every detail of the building! You can tell they take pride in working there! Everyone seemed happy to be there. I would definitely recommend stopping here!

Stephany Fry

Thursday, June 28, 2018
The site is wonderful, but with times tickets you are rushed through the exhibit. I didn't even get to look at the material on John Wilkes Booth and the rest of the members of his "gang". Also, be sure to visit the education center across the street, there's much more to see in there and it's been recently updated. There were lots of intricate details and interactive elements.

Mark Porter

Sunday, June 17, 2018
Excellent museum! Not just Lincoln's assassination, an overview of Lincoln' terms on office, the Civil War and his legacy. Great flow and very informative. Well worth a visit! While the Peterson House was closed, the Visitor and Information center across the street was also very well done. I spent about 2 1/2 hours on my tour.

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