Ford's Theatre National Historic Site


900 Ohio Drive, SW
Washington DC, DC 20024-2000




Ford's Theatre, the site of Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 14th, 1865, enjoys a dynamic position as both a National Historic Site and an operating theater. The National Park Service and Ford's Theatre Society work together to present the theater to visitors as a place of history and as a performance space that further explores ideals of leadership, humanity and the American experience as conveyed by Lincoln. Please note that in preparation for the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, the theater and museum are closed for renovations until spring 2009. However, tickets for the 2009 performance season are available starting September 2008. Ford's Theatre Society provides an amazing online tour of the theater, see website below. When planning a visit to the re-opened theater, consider taking public transportation. Parking is limited in the theater's Penn Quarter neighborhood. Nearest Metro stations are Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (green/yellow lines) and Metro Center (blue/orange/red lines). Daytime tours are free, call box office for evening performance schedule and ticket prices. Many other theaters are clustered in the area, so if you plan to catch a performance, enjoy one of the many nearby restaurants who offer specially priced pre-theater menus.


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