Ford’s Theatre is the site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The historic site provides a comprehensive perspective of 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.
Ford's Theatre Exterior
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.
Lobby of Ford's Theatre
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.
Ford's Theatre Interior
During the renovation of Ford's Theatre, new seats were installed and the sound and lighting systems were upgraded.
Ford's Theatre Museum Exhibits
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.
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.
Abraham Lincoln Funeral Car
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.
Manhunt for John Wilkes Booth
This interactive map shows that route that was followed to track down John Wilkes Booth following the Lincoln assassination.
This exhibit displays how Lincoln's leadership influenced future Presidents of the United States—Roosevelt, Wilson, Nixon, and Obama.
Ford's Theatre Gift Shop
The gift shop at Fords Theatre Center for Education and Leadership offers books, apparel, and memorabilia about Abraham Lincoln.