Ford's Theatre, Washington DC

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Ford's Theatre is a theater located in Washington, D.C., which opened in August 1863. It is famous for being the site of the assassination of United States President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. After being shot, the fatally wounded 56-year old Lincoln was carried across the street to the Petersen House, where he died the next morning.

The theatre was later used as a warehouse and office building, and in 1893 part of it collapsed, causing 22 deaths. It was renovated and re-opened as a theater in 1968. During the 2000s, it was renovated again, opening on February 12, 2009, in commemoration of the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. A related Center for Education and Leadership museum experience opened February 12, 2012, next to Petersen House.

The Petersen House and the theater are preserved together as Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, administered by the National Park Service; programming within the theater and the Center for Education is overseen separately by the Ford's Theatre Society.
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  • Spent the morning at Fords Theater and saw the box where Abraham Lincoln was shot and the stage onto which John Wilkes Booth jumped afterward. Also went to the house across the street and saw the...  more »
  • My son is a big fan of Lincoln. Just seeing the gun Booth used was a facanating experience. I recommend this to anyone who loves history.  more »
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  • Really loved Ford Theater! Being someone who loves history. It was so compelling to actually see Ford's Theeater. They have so much different things to read to learn more about that day he was shot. I would recommend this place to anyone who loves history.
  • It starts with a tour through the civil war museum, it is not extensive, but it is well done. Then, you go into the theater and we were told some background information and the story. She did a fantastic job, it was about a 45 minute presentation, it was engaging the whole time. There was a mix of fun facts and important history. She was passionate, it really came through. the last thing is you go to the house across the street, where Lincoln was taken to lie down. There is a great museum there also. Really a great place to go, and it's free!

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