Photos of Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC

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    Ford's Theatre

    he facade of Ford's Theater is shown June 9, 2003 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was shot inside the theater by John Wilkes Booth April 14, 1865 and died the next morning in a house across the street. Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered to Union forces five days earlier
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    Ford’s Theatre is the site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The historic site provides a comprehensive perspective of the Abraham Lincoln’s life and legacy through exhibits and programs at its theater, museum and education center. See the following photos and learn more about Ford's Theatre in Washington DC.

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    Ford's Theatre Exterior

    Exterior of Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C., where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
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    Ford's Theatre was remodeled and reopened in February 2009 in honor of Lincoln's Bicentennial. The renovation project added a new entranceway and lobby to the theater with modern amenities including a new gift shop, concessions, and restrooms.

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    Lobby of Ford's Theatre

    ••• View of the new lobby and entrance to Ford's Theatre National Historic Site. © Maxwell MacKenzie

    During the reopening celebration of Ford's Theatre, the coat that Lincoln was wearing when he was assassinated is on display in a glass enclosed case in the new lobby.

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    Ford's Theatre Interior

    Interiors of a stage theater, Ford's Theater, Washington DC, USA
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    During the renovation of Ford's Theatre, new seats were installed and the sound and lighting systems were upgraded.

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    Ford's Theatre Museum Exhibits

    ••• Ford's Theatre Museum Exhibits. © Maxwell MacKenzie/Ford's Theatre
    Ford's Theatre Museum was renovated and reopened with state-of-the-art historical exhibits in February 2009. These exhibits are in the lower level of the theater.
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    Petersen House Where Lincoln Died

    The room in which US President Abraham Lincoln died, in the Petersen House in Washington, DC, USA, circa 1960. Lincoln was taken there from Ford's Theatre, having been shot by John Wilkes Booth, and died a few hours later. The bed is presumably a replica, since the actual deathbed was acquired by the Chicago History Museum in 1920.
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    After Lincoln was shot at the Ford's Theatre, doctors carried the President to the Petersen House, a three-story brick rowhouse across the street. He died there the following morning. The National Park Service acquired the Petersen House in 1933 and has maintained it as a historic house museum, recreating the scene at the time of Lincoln's death. The Petersen ​House is part of the Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site.

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    Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership

    ••• Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to, Inc.

    The new education center is located at 514 Tenth Street NW, across the street from Ford's Theatre and next to the Peterson House. The facility features permanent and rotating exhibits, education studios and a distance-learning lab.

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    Ford's Theatre Book Tower

    ••• Ford's Theatre Book Tower. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to, Inc.

    This photo shows the tower of books designed for the lobby of the Center for Education and Leadership. The unique sculpture includes approximately 6,800 books written about Abraham Lincoln and stands 34 feet tall.

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    Abraham Lincoln Funeral Car

    ••• © Rachel Cooper, licensed to, Inc.

    Two floors of permanent exhibits address the immediate aftermath of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the evolution of the Lincoln legacy. This photo is a replica of the Lincoln Funeral car which showcases funeral artifacts such as the American flag that was placed over his casket, funeral invitations, coffin tools, mourning ribbons and more.

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    Manhunt for James Wilkes Booth

    ••• Manhunt for James Wilkes Booth. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to, Inc.

    This interactive map shows that route that was followed to track down James Wilkes Booth following the Lincoln assassination.

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    Lincoln's Legacy

    ••• © Maxwell MacKenzie

    This exhibit displays how Lincoln's leadership influenced future Presidents of the United States - Roosevelt, Wilson, Nixon, and Obama.

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    Ford's Theatre Gift Shop

    ••• © Gary Erskine

    The gift shop at Fords Theatre Center for Education and Leadership offers books, apparel, ​and memorabilia about Abraham Lincoln.