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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The site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Due to rising regional and national cases related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site will temporarily close to the public starting Monday, Nov. 23.

Visit Ford’s Theatre and step back in time. While at our historic site, you will learn about the events of April 14, 1865, and the lasting impact of Lincoln’s assassination on our nation. We are a popular Washington, D.C., tourist destination and welcome more than 650,000 visitors a year. 

Four Parts to Ford’s Theatre

Historic Site Visit

Learn more about what you can see during a visit to Ford’s Theatre.

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In our museum, you can see rare artifacts from the Lincoln assassination, follow Lincoln’s presidency and learn about the conspiracy. 


At different times throughout the day, you can hear a National Park Service ranger talk about the events of April 14, 1865 or go on a self-guided tour. In the spring and summer, you can see a short one-act play called One Destiny. At certain times, the theatre is closed for matinees and rehearsals. 

Petersen House

After you see the historic theatre, visit the house where Lincoln died. The house is located across the street from the theatre. This small home accommodates 15 people at a time. 

Aftermath Exhibits

View exhibits about what happened immediately after the assassination. Follow Lincoln’s funeral train from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois, and learn about his legacy. Or follow John Wilkes Booth's escape and the trial of the conspirators.