Ford's Theater

Ford's Theatre is a historic theater located in Washington D.C., United States. The theater is notoriously famous as the site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865.

The theater was built in 1863 and was named after its owner, John T. Ford. It was a popular venue for plays and other entertainment events in the mid-19th century. At the time of Lincoln's assassination, the theater was hosting a performance of the play 'Our American Cousin'.

Today, Ford's Theatre is a popular tourist destination and a National Historic Site. The theater has been restored to its 1865 appearance and visitors can take tours of the building and museum exhibits that explore the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. In addition to the theater itself, the complex includes a museum, a visitor center, and an education center.

Things to do at Ford's Theater

Tour the Theatre: Visitors can take a guided tour of the historic theater, where they can learn about its history and see the box where President Lincoln was sitting when he was shot.

Visit the Museum: The Ford's Theatre Museum is located in the basement of the theater and features exhibits that explore the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, as well as the events leading up to his assassination.

Attend a Performance: Ford's Theatre still operates as a working theater, and visitors can attend live performances throughout the year.

Visit the Petersen House: The Petersen House, located across the street from Ford's Theatre, is the site where President Lincoln was taken after he was shot. Visitors can tour the house, which has been restored to its 1865 appearance.

Take a Walking Tour: Ford's Theatre offers several walking tours that explore the history and culture of Washington D.C., including a Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour and a Civil War Washington Walking Tour.

Attend Educational Programs: Ford's Theatre offers a variety of educational programs for students and teachers, including workshops, tours, and performances that explore the history and legacy of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.

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Address of Ford's Theater

511 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States

Opening & Closing time of Ford's Theater

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