The Ford’s Theatre Museum in Washington, DC tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency through a variety of interactive exhibits that explore Lincoln’s life in the White House, milestones of the Civil War and details about the Assassination conspiracy that led to his death. Located below the newly restored Ford's Theatre, the museum uses 21st-century technology to transport visitors back in time to the 19th-century.
The Ford's Theatre Museum’s collection of historic artifacts is supplemented with a variety of narrative devices—environmental recreations, videos and three-dimensional figures.
Notable Historic Artifacts
- John Wilkes Booth’s deringer and knife
- Booth’s diary and compass
- Lincoln campaign buttons and office items
- The clothing and boots Lincoln wore the night of his assassination
- Weapons and belongings of assassination conspirators
- Ford’s Theatre playbills, tickets and posters
Ford’s Theatre is an historic site that also functions as a live theater, presenting a variety of high quality performances throughout the year. In February 2009, the theater reopened after an 18-month multimillion-dollar expansion and renovation. A state-of-the-art Center for Education and Leadership opened directly across the street from the theater in February 2012. Six buildings on both sides of 10th Street NW have been linked together to provide a modern museum.
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10th and E Streets, NW
The closest Metro stations are Gallery Place, Metro Center and Archives/Navy Memorial. See a map of Penn Quarter
The Ford's Theatre National Historic Site (composed of the Ford's Theatre Museum, Theatre and Petersen House) is open for daytime visits from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except December 25).
The lobby to the theatre opens at 8:30 a.m. every morning and entry to the site begins at 9 a.m. Final entry into the theatre is 4:30 p.m. and the site closes at 5 p.m.
Admission is free, however timed entry tickets are required and will be available on the hour from 9-3 p.m. Tickets are also available in advance online through Ticketmaster for a $1.50 service charge.