Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed to the public on Friday, May 22, and Sunday, May 31. In addition, Tuesday, May 26 – Saturday, May 30, the museum and theatre will be closed to the public, while the Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership will remain open.
Daytime Visits to Ford’s Theatre
A visit to the Ford's Theatre campus traces the story of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, assassination and legacy.
The schedule for daytime programming varies from day to day. Click on a month below to check the schedule for the day you wish to visit. Tickets are currently available through May 26, 2015. Tickets for May 26-August 31, 2015, will go on sale to groups at 2 p.m. ET on March 23, 2015, and to the public at 10 a.m. ET on April 6, 2015. All visits are self-guided.
The Ford's Theatre Experience
A visit to the Ford's Theatre campus may feature the following. Check the monthly schedule for when you wish to visit to see what is available. Please note: all parts of the site are not available at every entry time.
Rent an Acoustiguide, an audio tour available in both youth and adult versions and featuring character voices, sound effects and historic photos related to the history of Ford’s Theatre.
On a self-guided tour of the Ford’s Theatre 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. 30-45 minutes
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. 30 minutes
Cross the street and 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. 15 minutes
Enter the 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. 45 minutes
Take your visit one step further! Get tickets to one of our evening or matinee performances in the historic theatre. Or take a walking tour of the neighborhood around Ford’s Theatre with a historic figure from Civil War Washington.
Advance individual tickets are $2.50. Tickets for groups of 15 or more are $2.00. Tickets reserved through Ticketmaster will incur additional fees. A limited number of free tickets are available at the Ford’s Theatre Box Office beginning at 8:30 a.m. for same-day tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals are limited to six tickets per person for same-day tickets. Please note: Groups of 15 or more should book through the Group Sales office.
Exterior photos of Ford’s Theatre and interior photos of Ford’s Theatre and Museum © Maxwell MacKenzie.