Historic Site Visit Guidelines
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.
Advance Tickets: We charge a $3 convenience 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, you can arrive at 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.
Petersen House Closure: The Petersen House will be closed for restoration work from Jan. 1-Feb. 28, 2019.
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.
Food and Drink: Ford's Theatre permits only bottled water to be carried and consumed in our museum, theatre and exhibit spaces.
Strollers: Strollers have access to the museum, theatre and Aftermath Exhibits, but are not permitted inside the Petersen House.
The following items are NOT PERMITTED at Ford’s Theatre:
- toy weapons
- pen knives
- food and drinks (bottled water is allowed)
- aerosol cans, including pepper spray and Mace
- placards, signs, or banners
Weapons of any type are banned from the premises.