Government Shutdown Update

During the government shutdown, the Aftermath Exhibits in the Center for Education and Leadership will be open for daytime visitation. The historic site (theatre, museum, Petersen House) will be closed for daytime visitation. Performances of "Twelve Angry Men" will go on as scheduled.

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 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:

  • tripods 
  • monopods
  • guns
  • weapons
  • toy weapons
  • 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

Weapons of any type are banned from the premises.