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 visit to the theatre takes approximately 30-45 minutes.
  • To best see the exterior of the President’s Box, view from the orchestra and balcony levels.
  • 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.