Ford's Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre and Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership
will close early on December 24 and will be closed all day on December 25.
Daytime Visits to Ford’s Theatre
A visit to the Ford's Theatre campus traces the story of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, assassination and legacy.
The schedule for daytime programming varies from day to day. Click on a month below to check the schedule for the day you wish to visit. Tickets are currently available through May 31, 2013. All visits are self-guided.
The Ford's Theatre Experience
A visit to the Ford's Theatre campus may feature the following. Check the monthly schedule for when you wish to visit to see what is available. Please note: all parts of the site are not available at every entry time.
Rent an Acoustiguide, an audio tour available in both youth and adult versions and featuring character voices, sound effects and historic photos related to the history of Ford’s Theatre.
On a self-guided tour of the Ford’s Theatre Museum, explore Lincoln's presidency from his arrival in Washington to the very minute he arrived at Ford's Theatre the fateful night of April 14, 1865. See rare artifacts such as the deringer used by John Wilkes Booth. 30-45 minutes
Attend either a talk by a National Park Service Ranger or the play One Destiny (offered in the spring and early summer), featuring costumed actors who portray two historical figures present the night of the assassination. We also offer walk-throughs of the theatre where you can enjoy a self-guided tour without formal programming. 30 minutes
Cross the street and enter the Petersen House, the house where Lincoln died. Learn more about that fateful night and the people who surrounded the President in his final hours. 15 minutes
Enter the Center for Education and Leadership. See exhibits exploring the aftermath of the assassination, the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and the lasting impact of Lincoln’s legacy. 45 minutes
Take your visit one step further! Get tickets to one of our evening or matinee performances in the historic theatre. Or take a walking tour of the neighborhood around Ford’s Theatre with a historic figure from Civil War Washington.