Daytime Programming

Ford's Theatre Daytime Programming

The schedule for daytime programming varies from day to day. Please click here to view the daytime visit schedules.

A visit to Ford’s Theatre may include:

Ford's Theatre MusuemFord’s Theatre Museum
Trace Lincoln’s presidency from his first days in Washington to the last days of the Civil War. See artifacts related to the assassination.

One DestinyOne Destiny in the Historic Theatre
Sitting inside the historic Ford's Theatre, learn about Lincoln’s assassination from two men who were there. This 35-minute presentation explores the key facts of the assassination while capturing the emotions of that fateful night. Featuring costumed actors.

Ford's TheatreNational Park Service Ranger Talks in the Historic Theatre
Sit inside the historic Ford's Theatre and listen to a National Park Service ranger talk about the assassination.

Petersen House where Abraham Lincoln Died

Petersen House
Across the street from the theatre, enter the 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 LeadershipCenter for Education and Leadership
Next door to the Petersen House, see exhibits exploring the aftermath of the assassination, the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and the lasting impact of Lincoln’s legacy.

AcoustiguideAcoustiguide
Enjoy an audio tour featuring character voices, sound effects and historic photos related to the history of Ford’s Theatre.

Special Programing: From time to time, we offer special daytime programming such as author talks, storytelling and student oratory programs.

Road from Appomattox
Watch a dramatic imagining of the meeting between Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant on the day after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox

Papa Day
Learn about life in the Lincoln White House from Lincoln family friend Elizabeth Keckly.

Tales of the Lincoln
Explore the myth and legend of Abraham Lincoln with storyteller Jon Spelman.

Author Anthony Pitch
Listen to author Anthony Pitch discuss his book about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, They Have Killed Papa Dead!

Target Oratory Festival
Washington-area school students deliver a selection of Lincoln’s greatest speeches from the stage of Ford’s Theatre.

Photos of interior and exterior of Ford's Theatre by Maxwell MacKenzie. Photo of Michael Bunce and Stephen F. Schmidt in "One Destiny" by Mark Ramont.