Ford's Theatre

Theater, Historic Site
511 10th St NW (btwn F St NW & E St NW)
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4833


  • Don't sit in the Presidential box seat.
  • On the second floor of the Theater, you can see the boxseat where Abe Lincoln was sitting when he was killed. On the lower level the museum displays exhibits about Lincolns life and his tragic death.
  • This is where John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, and he was taken across the street to the Petersen House where he died.
  • Firearms are not allowed.
  • This is a great theatre. It has history and it has been done over in the last couple of years.
  • Amazing place to learn about Lincoln and Civil War.
  • Head to the back of the building (use the alley off of F) to see where Booth had his horse waiting when he shot Lincoln.
  • Must see: little shop of horrors showing til May 2TBD
  • The museum is free but you need to get a ticket at the box office, which is located inside. The video presentations are great. Make sure to watch all of them!
  • It's a humbling experience. Truly a place that must be seen by all people.
  • Free tour tickets are available daily at BO.
  • Don't fight the line to go downstairs. Go up stairs and opposite of the presidential box for the best seats ever.
  • The narrator was great. Really made you feel like you were there that night.
  • Audio tour is not worth the extra money. The tour is worth the time & the theater is amazing. You can see directly into the box where Lincoln was shot.
  • Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?
  • Parking here is valet-only and takes a very long time after an event!
  • We walked right in got our tickets and started the tour. This was October which is off season, but there were a lot of tour buses.
  • saw A Christmas Carol and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the show! excellent acting, great costumes, a little music and dancing, scary ghosts and the show moved right along!
  • You have to buy tickets now, last time I was here it was free.
  • Built by Baltimore theater entrepeneur John T. Ford in 1833 and reconstructed by architect James J. Gifford in 1863. The theatre was restored in 1967 to 1865 appearance

Nearby places

516 10th St. NW (btw E & F St. NW)
999 E St NW (at 10th St NW)