Fords Theatre

Where Abraham Lincoln’s legacy lives.

The site of Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre offers museum exhibits, live theatre and immersive learning.

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Historic Site Visit

Visit the site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and learn about its lasting impact on our nation.

Uncover the History

Lincoln's Assassination

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  • The Fateful Day

    President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Learn how and why it happened, and see the event’s lasting impact on our nation.

  • Booth's Murderous Plan

    On the morning of April 14, 1865, actor John Wilkes Booth learned the President would visit Ford’s Theatre that evening. He realized his moment had arrived. Follow the events as witnesses describe what they saw and heard.

  • An Overnight Vigil

    As Lincoln lay dying in a back bedroom of a small Washington boarding house, the home became the hub of the U.S. government. What happened in the Petersen House the night of April 14, 1865?

Classroom Activities

Teaching Lincoln’s Assassination & Legacy

Explore the life, leadership, death and legacy of Abraham Lincoln through primary sources and lesson plans developed by our education department and master teachers. Choose what works for your needs.