Ford's Theatre, Washington D. C.
Ford's Theatre, Washington D. C. - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004, United States
Ticket Price: 9 USD
Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Ford's Theatre, Washington D. C.
This well-known and in fact infamous site is an interesting place to see in Washington D.C. It is a wonderful theatre and of you happen to be going for a play it is certainly a treat to see. The hall is ornately decorated and pristine and the old-worldly charm of the place has been well preserved.
However, it isn’t the concerts and events but the history that makes this place so well known. It is the historic site where the US President Abraham Lincoln was shot at. A detailed exhibit of the life and times of Lincoln has been set up here to commemorate him in this place. The Lincoln book tower which is a collection of books about Lincoln arranged on a spiral also finds a place in this theatre. History lovers will certainly have a field day in this famous place.
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We did a quick tour of DC, and several of our friends mentioned we should stop here. They were right. Don't be intimidated by the need for tickets. On Thanksgiving week we walked in and got tickets for the next tour. Tickets are free, but please donate as the experience is worth your money. My favorite part of this experience is the oral history provided by the National Park Service. After a brief wait in line, the park ranger escorts you into the interior reconstructed theatre. You can sit wherever you like, and then the Park Ranger provides a very informative and vivid retelling of the events before and after Lincoln was shot. In an age of over-produced videos, the intimate nature of the oral re-telling of the story is bold and refreshing. It's not just the oral history. The National Park Service provides context on both Lincoln and Booth. We spent about an hour and half getting our tickets, waiting and then visiting the theatre. I would add another 30 - 45 minutes to your visit if you walk through the Peterson House across the street which is also included in your ticket. The Peterson House is the place where Lincoln ultimately passed.
I was blown away by how knowledgeable and attentive the staff, volunteers, and park rangers were. This is the theater where president Lincoln was shot, and they’ve got a museum with the gun JWB used, and the blood stained pillow from the gunshot wound. Tickets are required for entry but they’re free. The tour also includes entrance to the theater itself, where they’ve got the presidential booth maintained for viewing. Across the street is also included in the tour, which is the Peterson House where they brought Lincoln’s body & where he died. They have preserved it and recreated the inside to look as close as possible to the real night from 1865. Very cool. Specifically, Rob Lorenz & Steve Miller were fantastic in their stories and friendliness.
Ford's theater is a small venue with great performances. We go every year for A Christmas Carol and always enjoy it. Parking isn't cheap but it's attached to the building. Staff is friendly and regularly have staff available during intermission to answer questions about the venue. We asked a staff member why there was a picture of George Washington in front of the booth where Lincoln was shot and he knew the story very well.
The venue is filled with history, of course. If you're visiting I highly recommend doing the guided tour of Ford's and the Petersen house. If you do the tour in the morning and catch a show in the evening, it's a great way to bookend a day in DC, especially if you are visiting with kids. (I recommend 13+). We saw Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" and the production was absolutely amazing. If you can make it before the run ends in late October, you should definitely make the time to see this seminal work of American Theater done by an amazing cast.
Historic play house where President Lincoln was assassinated. Plexiglass covers entrance to room where President Lincoln sat. Basement has a small Museum which was very dark more lighting needed. Walk across the street to house, where Lincoln was laid out. Both free to public. Highly recommended to see.