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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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 sneaked into the Presidential Box and shot President Abraham Lincoln. Today, the theatre looks very much the way it did that fateful night. The President's Box is decorated with an American flag and a portrait of President George Washington, just as it was in 1865.

In the theatre, we offer three types of programming exploring the events of the assassination.

TIPS FOR YOUR VISIT
  • A theatre visit takes ~30-45 minutes.
  • The interior of the President’s Box is closed to the public to protect it from damage.
  • The theatre is sometimes unavailable. Check the date and times for tickets that include entry to the theatre.

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.