2 Hours Exploring Historic Ford’s Theatre

Learn about the life and death of President Abraham Lincoln at the historic site and working theatre.

Ford’s Theatre
511 10th St. NW
Tours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily

Stop One

Learn about Lincoln’s life at the museum

A two-hour tour of Ford’s Theatre historic site is split into four sections. First, tour the museum, which explores Lincoln’s presidency. Look for the clothes Lincoln wore the night of his assassination on display.


Stop Two

Sit in the same theater as Lincoln

Ford’s Theatre continues to be a working performance space, but during the day, visitors can tour the site. National Park Service Rangers give short lectures and you can see the box seat where Lincoln and his wife sat on that tragic evening in 1865.  


Stop Three

See the house where Lincoln died

Across the street from Ford’s, the house where Lincoln died remains a historic site. A walk-through tour allows you to see where Lincoln was taken right after he was shot.


Stop Four

Explore Lincoln’s lasting impact

The tour concludes in an exhibit space across the street from Ford’s Theatre that traces the aftermath of the assassination and looks at Lincoln’s legacy. Look for the 34-foot high book tower in the lobby. It’s made entirely of books written about the 16th president.


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