Historic Site Visit Guidelines
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Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service begin a phased reopening on May 12, 2021. Advance tickets are required. The museum and theatre are open Wednesday-Sunday.
Site Status: We will be operating with limited days and hours during the first level of our reopening. Only the Museum and Theatre will be open; the Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits will remain closed.
Advance tickets are required. We charge a $3 fee to reserve tickets in advance. All patrons regardless of age must have a ticket. Patrons are limited to 6 tickets/order during our level one reopening. No large groups are allowed.
Masks: Visitors age 3+ must wear a mask.
If you are sick: Visitors may have to undergo a wellness check before entering the site, including a no-contact temperature check. Stay home if you are ill or have knowingly been in the vicinity of someone diagnosed with or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. You can reschedule your ticket for another day by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call (888) 616-0270.
Arrival Time: Entry lines for ticket holders begin outside. We suggest arriving no more than 10 minutes in advance.
Social-Distancing: Visitors must maintain 6 feet of distance from other parties. Visitors must follow the designated one-way path through the site.
Audio-Guides: Acoustiguide audio tours are not currently available.
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: Water fountains are unavailable on site during the COVID-19 public health emergency
Restrooms: Restrooms are available to ticketed visitors in both the theatre lobby and the museum. Occupancy limits will be in place as well as increased cleaning measures.
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