Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

Quick Facts

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

District Of Columbia

(202) 426-6924

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Overview

Explore Ford's Theatre and discover Abraham Lincoln's life in Washington DC, the struggle for a united country, and the motivation behind Lincoln's assassination. On April 14, 1865, Lincoln was shot and killed just five days after General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. A well known actor, John Wilkes Booth, desperate to aid the dying Confederacy, stepped into the president's theatre box and assassinated Lincoln. Booth escaped into the night as Abraham Lincoln was carried to the Petersen boarding house across the street. It was there that President Lincoln died early the next morning. Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated.

Admission is free. The theatre is open at 9 a.m. with the last entrance into the theatre at 4:30 p.m. The box office opens daily at 8:30 a.m. The Petersen House is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are required for entrance into Ford's Theatre and the Petersen House. The National Park Service uses a timed ticketing process for this site; same-day tickets are available on-site and other days can be reserved by calling (202) 397-SEAT or by utilizing Ticketmaster.

Map of Ford's Theatre

Latitude, Longitude: 38.896506, -77.025399

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Learn about the life, death, and legacy of Abraham Lincoln and the events surrounding his presidency. Attractions include Ford's Theatre, the Ford's Theatre Museum, and the Petersen House, where Lincoln was transported immediately after being shot. Renovations of the museum and the Petersen House have incorporated modern technology to transport visitors to 19th-century Washington. The Museum's remarkable collection of historic artifacts is supplemented with a variety of narrative devices--environmental recreations, videos, and three-dimensional figures, bringing to light Abraham Lincoln's presidency and life in Washington, D.C. The Petersen House allows visitors to see the place Lincoln died and learn about the people and events surrounding his last hours.

Seasonality/Weather

Washington has a temperate climate typical of the Mid-Atlantic U.S., with four distinct seasons. Summer tends to be very hot and humid. Spring and fall are mild. Winter can bring cold temperatures, frozen precipitation and, on occasion, major snowstorms.

Park Partners

Ford's Theatre Society

Ford's Theatre's mission is to celebrate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and to explore the American experience through theatre and education. The Ford's Theatre Society works to present the Theatre's nearly one million visitors each year with a high quality historic and cultural experience. Its work is what makes this vibrant historic site an important tool for promoting the ideals of leadership, humanity and wisdom espoused by Abraham Lincoln.

The park bookstore is operated by Eastern National, a partner of the National Park Service, that sells books, and other educational materials. Many titles are newly published works on Abraham Lincoln. Eastern National operates many other bookstores at national park sites throughout the country. Proceeds from the sales support Ford's Theatre National Historic Site. For more information, call 877-628-7275 or visit http://www.eparks.com/store/

(202) 347-4833

Tourmobile

Tourmobile open-air trams offer live narrated tours of DC and is the only riding tour of Arlington National Cemetery. You will be taken right where you want to go with unlimited reboarding. Hop on an off throughout the day. You choose where to stop, stay as long as you want, then reboard and ride to another historic location.

(202) 554-5100

Directions

Driving

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site is located on 10th Street between E and F streets. The site is within walking distance of the Metro stops at Metro Center and Gallery Place. Parking garages and metered street parking are located nearby. Limited free day-long parking is available along Ohio Drive SW which is along the Potomac River south of the Lincoln Memorial or in Lots A, B & C south and west of the Jefferson Memorial.

Flying

The Washington, DC area is served by three different airports. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, commonly known as National Airport, is located in Arlington County, Virginia and is the closest airport to downtown Washington, DC. Dulles International Airport is located 26 miles from Washington, DC in Chantilly, Virginia. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, commonly known as BWI Airport, is located south of Baltimore.

Public Transportation

It is highly recommended that visitors make use of the efficient public transit system (Metrorail and Metrobus) as well as Tourmobile, the official interpretive visitor transportation service for the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Information and schedules for Metro can be found at www.wmata.com. Information and Schedules for Tourmobile may be found at www.tourmobile.com.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(202) 426-6924

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