10th Street, NW closure

Due to utility work, the intersection of 10th Street and F Street is currently closed and inaccessible to vehicular traffic. The Atlantic Building parking garage can be accessed by turning north on 10th Street from E Street NW. Please use extreme caution when accessing the garage as the block serves 2-way traffic during this closure. Please allow for extra time to arrive at the museum and theatre. It is expected the intersection will reopen in late August.

Ford’s Theatre History

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What should happen to a site where a violent event like Lincoln’s assassination takes place? Since 1865, people have answered that question many different ways.

Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House are forever linked with President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865. Before then, these ordinary Washington buildings reflected changes in the city. Since, they have reflected and driven changes in how Americans, and people around the world, commemorate Lincoln’s assassination and other violent events.

Explore the history of the site below.