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Ford’s Theatre

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Ford’s Theatre celebrates the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and explores the American experience through theatre and education. A working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center, Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination in Washington, D.C., to explore and celebrate Lincoln’s ideals and leadership principles: courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression.

About Ford’s Theatre

Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., is famously known as the theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated while watching a performance of “Our American Cousin” in 1865. The theater first opened in 1863, was later used as a warehouse, and was renovated and reopened as a theater in 1968. In 2009, restoration experts and historians remodeled the theater to its early 19th-century glory with stall seating, a dress circle, and a balcony. The presidential box has replica furniture and wallpaper imitating the space where Lincoln enjoyed twelve productions at the theater during his presidency. The year-round theater, located just half a mile from the White House, is dedicated to producing works that celebrate the legacy of Lincoln and the history and culture of the United States. In partnership with the National Parks Service, the historic theater also operates an exhibit and house museum that explore Lincoln’s presidency, the Civil War, and the infamous assassination.
  • Fun Facts About Ford’s Theatre
  • Ford's Theatre received the National Medal of Arts in 2008.
  • Tickets are never sold for the presidential box.
  • The historic theater and museum attracts more than 650,000 tourists each year.
Notable Shows and Performances: “Our American Cousin” was the last show Lincoln saw before his assassination. The world premieres of “The Heavens Are Hung In Black” and “Necessary Sacrifices” are both shows inspired by Lincoln.
Washington, DC 20004
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Transportation & Parking

Parking is available at MarcPark (950 F Street NW), Colonial Parking (555 11th Street NW), and Grand Hyatt Hotel: QuikPark (1001 G Street NW).
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