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Ford’s Theatre & Petersen House – Washington, DC

Ford’s Theatre & Petersen House – Washington, DC

511 10th St NW Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4833
Operating Season: Year ‘Round (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day)
www.fords.org

The site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre serves as a place to celebrate Lincoln’s life and legacy. As a working theatre, Ford’s produces plays and musicals exploring the American experience through theatre and education.

petersen-house

Petersen House (where Lincoln died) is located across from Ford’s Theatre.
(Photo courtesy: Wikipedia)

Ford’s Theatre is located in Downtown Washington, D.C. and is easily accessible by Metrorail or Metrobus. There are also several parking garages nearby if you prefer to drive. The theatre, museum and education center are open for daytime visits. The schedule for daytime programming varies from day to day, so click here to see the updated schedule.

Tours of Ford’s Theatre are self-guided. Tickets are $9.75 per person (2 years or older) with audio ($5 + $4.75 fee) if you purchase them individually. If you have 15 or more individuals in your family reunion group, click here to complete the group reservation request form. Make sure you reserve early – group tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission includes: the Petersen House (where Lincoln died) and the Center for Education and Leadership which examines the aftermath of the assassination and Lincoln’s ongoing legacy. Depending on what time of year you visit, your tour may include a visit to the Ford’s Theatre Museum, a presentation by a National Park Service Ranger, or a One-Act Play. Be sure to check the schedule to see what’s going on that day.

The self-guided tours can last anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. If you have an extra 90 minutes, consider a walking tour as you join Detective McDevitt for a first-hand look at the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy and the events of April 14 and 15, 1865. The walking tour runs March-October. If you have a big enough group, private walking tours are available for a flat fee of $600 (40 people maximum).

If your group is seeing a play, accessible seating is offered in both the rear orchestra and the balcony sections of the theatre as well as elevator access from the lower-level museum to the lobby and balcony levels. Click here for more accessibility information.

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