Statement from Our Director

An update from Director Paul R. Tetreault on anti-racist work and the 2020-2021 season at Ford’s Theatre.

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The site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

We are excited to welcome back you back to the historic site. Read more about our reopening plan. Advance tickets are required.

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. 

tips for your visit
  • In our first level of reopening, you must reserve tickets in advance. Tickets go on sale each Friday at 10 a.m. ET for the following Wednesday-Sunday.
  • Every visitor needs a ticket.
  • We have timed-entry every hour. Museum and theatre are included in every ticket. The Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits will remain closed during our level one reopening.
  • Visitors will have 45 minutes to tour the museum and theatre.

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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Museum

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

Theatre

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

Currently Closed. 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

Currently Closed. 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.

Tickets for Saturday, October 24, 2020

Tickets For Historic Site Visit
Saturday, October 24, 2020

Safety Requirements for Historic Site Visits

Ford's Theatre is requiring masks for all visitors ages 3+. Advance tickets are required. Review our requirements for social distancing, contact tracing and hygiene on our Welcome Back page.

Entry Time

Museum Theatre: Walkthrough Petersen House Aftermath Exhibits
Not included with this entry time: Petersen House, Aftermath Exhibits
Ford's Theatre
511 10th St NW Washington DC 20004

Entry Time

Museum Theatre: Walkthrough Petersen House Aftermath Exhibits
Not included with this entry time: Petersen House, Aftermath Exhibits
Ford's Theatre
511 10th St NW Washington DC 20004

Entry Time

Museum Theatre: Walkthrough Petersen House Aftermath Exhibits
Not included with this entry time: Petersen House, Aftermath Exhibits
Ford's Theatre
511 10th St NW Washington DC 20004

Entry Time

Museum Theatre: Walkthrough Petersen House Aftermath Exhibits
Not included with this entry time: Petersen House, Aftermath Exhibits
Ford's Theatre
511 10th St NW Washington DC 20004

Entry Time

Museum Theatre: Walkthrough Petersen House Aftermath Exhibits
Not included with this entry time: Petersen House, Aftermath Exhibits
Ford's Theatre
511 10th St NW Washington DC 20004

Entry Time

Museum Theatre: Walkthrough Petersen House Aftermath Exhibits
Not included with this entry time: Petersen House, Aftermath Exhibits
Ford's Theatre
511 10th St NW Washington DC 20004

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