Go inside the historic theatre and learn about the night of the assassination.

On the night of April 14, 1865, actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth snuck into the Presidential Box and shot President Abraham Lincoln. In the theatre, we offer three types of programming exploring the events of the assassination.

Our theatre offerings:
  • History talk by a National Park Service Ranger covering the events of the assassination; offered year-round
  • Self-guided tour of the theatre; offered year-round
  • One Destiny, a 30-minute play that tells the story of the assassination through the eyes of the audience in the theatre that night; offered in spring and summer
  • A theatre visit takes ~30-45 minutes.
  • The interior of the President’s Box is closed to the public.
  • The theatre is sometimes unavailable. Check the date and times for tickets that include entry to the theatre.

Current Season

Come see a play on our historic stage.


September 2-October 9, 2016

Come From Away

This new musical tells the heart-warming true story of how a small Canadian town cared for 6,579 stranded airline passengers.


November 17-December 31, 2016

A Christmas Carol

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption.


March 10-May 20, 2017


Based on E.L. Doctorow’s celebrated novel, this epic Tony-winning musical depicts three families striving for the American dream at the turn of the 20th century.

Virtual Tour of Ford’s Theatre

Go on a virtual tour of Ford’s Theatre. See inside the Presidential Box and learn more about the events of April 14, 1865.