Take A Tour Of The Ford’s Theatre

Ford's Theatre

Even if you didn’t pay that much attention in your Social Studies classes, you know about the history of Ford’s Theatre. On April 14, 1865 – just two short years after opening its doors to the public – President Abraham Lincoln was enjoying a production of Our American Cousin when he was shot by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth. Lincoln was rushed across the street to a boarding house where he would die the next day. The assassination sent a shock through an already fractured nation and would go down as one of the most significant events in American History.

Over the last century and a half, Ford’s Theatre has undergone a series of changes. For years it was used as a government building – housing various functions for different departments. Today, however, the theatre is a historic site that features a museum, live plays, and more!

The next time you’re in the D.C. area, you can take a tour of Ford’s Theatre and learn all about its impressive history. Check out the details below and make plans for your trip today.

Tours, Special Offers, & Events

The Ford’s Theatre Historic Site gives visitors a chance to travel back in time to the night Lincoln was assassinated and experience the ways his death affected the nation. Overall, your exhibit options include tours of:

Ford’s Theatre Museum

The onsite museum features exhibits and displays that take you through Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, the Civil War, the assassination conspiracy, and more. You can even see true historical artifacts from the night of Lincoln’s death, including the very weapons Booth used. The museum is self-guided and takes about 30 minutes to get through.

The Peterson House

Across the street from Ford’s Theatre sits the famous Peterson House – the boarding house where Abraham Lincoln was transported after he was shot. Come see the room where President Lincoln drew his last breaths.

The Aftermath Exhibits
Learn about the events that followed the assassination, such as the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and Lincoln’s funeral train.

The Theatre
See where the assassination took place and view (from a distance) President Lincolns private box. Depending on the day, the Theatre will feature either a one-act play entitled One Destiny or a history talk by a National Park Service Ranger.

There are timed entries to the Historic Site every 30 minutes, and each tour lasts approximately 2 hours. Every visitor will need a ticket to enter. Tickets are $8 and include access to the Peterson House and the Aftermath Exhibit. Access to the Museum and the Theatre are not included in every entry, however. So, before you come, be sure to check the schedule.

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