Statement from Our Director

An update from Director Paul R. Tetreault on the events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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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

Our historic site is currently closed. Visit us virtually to learn about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and 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.

  • 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?

  • The Investigation

    After John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton and other investigators interviewed eyewitnesses. Find out what they learned and how deep the conspiracy went.

Behind the Scenes

Take a glimpse behind the curtain of Ford’s Theatre

Expanded Programs

Distance Learning

Travel back in time to investigate the Lincoln assassination – via video-conference. Connect with our expert educators and scholars or a National Park Service Ranger to ask questions about Lincoln’s life and legacy. Live, interactive programs available by request.