Where Abraham Lincoln’s legacy lives.

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

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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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.

Today many people consider Abraham Lincoln one of the United States’s greatest presidents. Why would John Wilkes Booth want to murder him?

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?

Behind the Scenes

Take a glimpse behind the curtain of Ford’s Theatre

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.