The Ford's Theatre Experience

On a self-guided tour of the Ford’s Theatre Campus, explore Lincoln's presidency from his arrival in Washington to the very minute he arrived at Ford's Theatre the night of his assassination on April 14, 1865. Visitors can expect to see rare artifacts related to the assassination, to view the historic theatre, to see the house where Lincoln died, and to view exhibits exploring the aftermath of the assassination, the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and the lasting impact of Lincoln's legacy. Attend a talk by a National Park Service Ranger, or—in the spring and summer—attend the play "One Destiny." Ford’s Theatre is a working theatre, so our historic site visit schedule and programming varies daily. A limited number of free same-day tickets are available at the Ford’s Theatre Box Office beginning at 8:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals are limited to six tickets per person for same-day tickets. If you see a “Sold Out” alert for an entry time below, we recommend trying to get same-day tickets at the Box Office. Please note: During the busy tourist season (March-June), we often run out of same-day tickets by 9:00 a.m.

Length: ~2 hours. Recommended for ages 8 and older.

"A very moving experience, to be in the very place where history was made."

- Julie B., TripAdvisor
Photo © Maxwell MacKenzie.

Tickets for Monday, September 26, 2016

Tickets For
Monday, September 26, 2016
Mon, Sep 26

9:00 am

Museum Theatre: Ranger Talk Petersen House Center
Mon, Sep 26

9:30 am

Museum Theatre: Ranger Talk Petersen House Center
The following experiences are not available at this entry time: Museum
Mon, Sep 26

10:00 am

Museum Theatre: Ranger Talk Petersen House Center
Mon, Sep 26

10:30 am

Museum Theatre: Ranger Talk Petersen House Center
The following experiences are not available at this entry time: Museum
Mon, Sep 26

11:00 am

Museum Theatre: Ranger Talk Petersen House Center
Mon, Sep 26

11:30 am

Museum Theatre: Ranger Talk Petersen House Center
The following experiences are not available at this entry time: Museum
Mon, Sep 26

12:00 pm

Museum Theatre: Walkthrough Petersen House Center
Mon, Sep 26

12:30 pm

Museum Theatre: Walkthrough Petersen House Center
Mon, Sep 26

1:00 pm

Museum Theatre: Walkthrough Petersen House Center
Mon, Sep 26

1:30 pm

Museum Theatre: Walkthrough Petersen House Center
Mon, Sep 26

2:00 pm

Museum Theatre: Ranger Talk Petersen House Center
Mon, Sep 26

2:30 pm

Museum Theatre: Ranger Talk Petersen House Center
The following experiences are not available at this entry time: Museum
Mon, Sep 26

3:00 pm

Museum Theatre: Ranger Talk Petersen House Center
Mon, Sep 26

3:30 pm

Museum Theatre: Ranger Talk Petersen House Center
The following experiences are not available at this entry time: Museum
Mon, Sep 26

4:00 pm

Museum Theatre: Walkthrough Petersen House Center

Ford's Theatre Campus and Events

Museum

Explore Lincoln's presidency from his arrival in Washington to the very minute he arrived at Ford's Theatre the fateful night of April 14, 1865. See rare artifacts related to the assassination.

Theatre

Attend either a talk by a National Park Service Ranger or the play "One Destiny" (offered in the spring and early summer), featuring costumed actors who portray two historical figures present the night of the assassination. We also offer walk-throughs of the theatre where you can enjoy a self-guided tour without formal programming.

Petersen House

The house where Lincoln died. Learn more about that fateful night and the people who surrounded the President in his final hours.

Center for Education and Leadership

See exhibits exploring the aftermath of the assassination, the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and the lasting impact of Lincoln’s legacy.

One Destiny

Spring and Summer

This 35-minute presentation explores the key facts of the assassination while capturing the emotions of that fateful night. Featuring costumed actors. In June 2016, the cast of "One Destiny" celebrated their 1,000th performance at Ford’s Theatre. The production also has been featured in local schools and at the White House.

Investigation: Detective McDevitt

March - October

On the night of April 14, 1865, Detective James McDevitt was on duty at the Washington Metropolitan Police headquarters, a half-block from Ford’s Theatre. Just before 10:30, frantic witnesses rushed in with horrifying news: President Lincoln had been shot at the theatre. Join Detective McDevitt on a walking tour of downtown Washington, D.C., as he investigates the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy.

Reviews

"A very moving experience, to be in the very place where history was made."

- Julie B., TripAdvisor

"There is no other place in Washington, D.C., where you can immerse yourself in Lincoln’s presidency … and trace the evolution of the man, the president, the public educator, the orator, the moralist—it’s an incredible story."

- Richard Norton Smith, Presidential historian