Site Closed

Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service closed the historic site starting March 14. That closure currently extends through May 17. Our production of “Guys and Dolls” has been postponed to spring 2021.

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Are tickets required to visit? What time should I arrive for my visit? Do you offer audio tours? What is included with a visit? Is photography permitted on site?

Ford’s Theatre offers timed-entry from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Availability to all parts of the site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits) varies. Ford’s Theatre is a popular place to visit. We recommend you reserve your tickets in advance. 

Advance Tickets: We charge a $3 fee ($2.50 for groups of 10 or more) to reserve tickets in advance. All patrons regardless of age must have a ticket.

Same-Day Tickets: A limited number of free same-day tickets are available at the Ford’s Theatre Box Office beginning at 8:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals are limited to six tickets per person for same-day tickets. During the busy tourist season (March-June), we often run out of same-day tickets by 9:00 a.m.

Arrival: If you have advance tickets, please arrive no more than 10 minutes before your entry time.

Audio Tour: If you reserved an Acoustiguide audio tour, please pick up your device at the box office before joining your line for entry.

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.

Strollers: Strollers have access to the museum, theatre and Aftermath Exhibits, but are not permitted inside the Petersen House.

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:

  • tripods 
  • monopods
  • guns
  • weapons
  • toy weapons
  • laser pointers
  • knives
  • pen knives 
  • pets
  • food and drinks (bottled water is allowed)
  • scissors
  • aerosol cans, including pepper spray and Mace
  • tools
  • smoking 
  • placards, signs, or banners