Statement from Our Director

An update from Director Paul R. Tetreault on anti-racist work at Ford's Theatre.

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Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service have closed the historic site until further notice. 

Read more about our current closure.

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. 

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.

  • 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