Historic Site Visit Guidelines
Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service have closed the historic site until further notice.
Read more about our current closure.
Dress for the weather: Our entry lines begin outdoors year-round, so be sure to check the weather before you arrive.
Travel light: We do not have a coat check. For safety reasons, we do not permit luggage and oversized bags on site, nor do we offer storage locations.
Food and Drink: Ford’s Theatre permits only bottled water to be carried and consumed in our museum, theatre and exhibit spaces. All other food, drink and gum must be disposed of before entry.
Restrooms: Restrooms are available to ticketed visitors in both the theatre lobby and the museum.
Strollers: Strollers have access to the museum and theatre.
Visitors in Costume: Ford’s Theatre does not permit third-party representation of historic figures in period clothing on site.
Weapons of any type are banned from the premises. The following items are also NOT PERMITTED at Ford’s Theatre.
- toy weapons
- laser pointers
- pen knives
- food and drinks (bottled water is allowed)
- aerosol cans, including pepper spray and Mace
- placards, signs, or banners