John Wilkes Booth killed Lincoln with this small, single-shot pistol. Why would Booth use a weapon with only one bullet?
Explore exhibits on Lincoln’s presidency, Civil War milestones and the assassination conspiracy led by John Wilkes Booth.
In our museum, you can follow Abraham Lincoln from the beginning of his presidency to the moments leading up to his assassination. Learn about his life in the White House, the struggles he faced during the Civil War, and his meetings with abolitionist Frederick Douglass. You will also learn about actor John Wilkes Booth, the roots of his hatred toward Lincoln, and the group of people who joined his conspiracy to dismantle the United State government. The museum features artifacts related to the assassination, including the clothing Lincoln wore and the weapons Booth used.
tips for your visit
- Museum is self-guided.
- Audioguides are available for $5.
- To visit the museum takes approximately 30 minutes.