The Full Ford’s Theatre Experience
To experience all that Ford’s Theatre has to offer, we recommend the following itinerary (2 hours and 15 minutes). Please Note: The schedule for daytime programming varies from day to day. Please visit our daytime visits page to check the schedule for the day you wish to visit.
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 14th, 1865. See rare artifacts such as the deringer used by John Wilkes Booth. 30-45 minutes
Attend either a talk by a National Park Service Ranger or One Destiny (offered in the spring and early summer), featuring costumed actors who portray two historical figures present the night of the assassination. 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.
Student groups can enhance their visit with a post-visit workshop. These hour-long sessions delve deeper into historic scenarios and primary source documents. Contact our Group Sales office for more information.