The Ford’s Theatre Museum and Theatre will be closed Tuesday, May 30 – Saturday, June 3, 2017; the Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits will be open. The Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits) will be closed on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

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

Educational Program

Lincoln Online Oratory Project

As part of this distance learning project, students will use the words of President Lincoln to learn the historical context of a speech, the power of oratory and the fundamentals of performance and public speaking. At the end of this project, classrooms are invited to create a video of the speech they learned to showcase their performance skills.