In the nation’s capital of Washington, DC, you can visit the site of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln; Ford’s Theatre. It is an incredible landmark that explores a sad, yet significant part of U.S. history.
Today, the theatre hosts performances and serves as a fascinating site that digs into the drama of April 14, 1895
Start Your Visit
Begin your visit with a self-guided tour of the theatre’s museum. It houses exhibits about both Lincoln and the Civil War. You’ll see actual artifacts related to the assassination and everything from the President’s clothing to the contents of John Wilkes Booth’s pockets. For more context, grab a $5 audio guide that offers a complete narration of the experience with historic details.
See a Play
Head to the actual theatre to take in the 35-minute, one-act play, One Destiny, that recreates the happenings of the fateful day. The show is offered a few times a day and tickets must be purchased separately ahead of time. Or, opt for a guided tour that gives you a more personal and intimate look at the space.
Visit the Petersen House
No visit would be complete without a stop at the Petersen House. It is the actual boarding house in which President spent his final hours.
Learn More at the Exhibits
Complete the day with a walk through the Aftermath Exhibits. They delve into the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth, the political and social impact of Lincoln’s death, and the public’s mourning of the President. The museum frequently hosts unique experiences. Such as Investigation: Detective McDevitt; a walking tour with a twist that investigates both Lincoln’s assassination and the ensuing conspiracy theories that surrounded it
Ford’s Theatre is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a timed entry every half-hour. While a limited amount of same-day tickets are available, visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at the theatre’s official website, http://www.fords.org. There are no on-site dining options, but the museum’s central location in DC means there are plenty of opportunities nearby.
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