The famous assassination of President Abraham Lincoln here on April 14, 1865 has placed this theater firmly in history. ... More
The famous assassination of President Abraham Lincoln here on April 14, 1865 has placed this theater firmly in history. Opened just four years before that fateful night, the theater has now been restored to its 1865 appearance and is again a showcase for plays. The basement-level Lincoln Museum displays artifacts from the assassination, including the gun John Wilkes Booth used to kill Lincoln. Mementos from Lincoln's life are also on display. Across the street is Petersen House, the place where Lincoln died.
This was awesome. Really great museum and wonderful artifacts. The tickets are free but you have to get there early and get your tickets for a certain time slot for entry. Arrange this in advance. When you go you will only have 30 min. to see the museum and there is so much in there that you will not see it all and you are not allowed to deviate from there schedule and you will not be allowed to go back in. Once you see the museum or are rushed out you will see the theater which is beautiful and you get a real sense of what it was like to be there that night. You can only see the box from afar but the ranger tells you the story and it's good. Then you are rushed out and led out to the street to go across to where Lincoln was taken then died the next day. This is a nice tour and very educational and interesting. My kids liked it too. We were disappointed that we were not allowed to see all of the museum however. There were no other visitors waiting to get in when we went. Apparently, the NPS thinks it is just fine to have the museum sit nearly empty while people are interested in getting in and can't because that would deviate from the order of the tour or threaten the schedule too much. The rangers rushing us along were busy texting while waiting for us to get through with our sight seeing which was unprofessional. Overall, a great visit. READ fast and don't hang around any exhibit too long because you only have 30 min.
Everything was open for me when I went to Ford's Theatre. It's just a historical spot so don't come expecting a world full of Abe Lincoln. It concentrates more on the history of the assasination. Lots of information could be found just outside the doors of the actual theatre (but still in the building) I ended up reading almost everything in there from the intrigue. Once they let you inside the theatre itself I got goosebumps. They decorated the president's box with some memorabilias of Abe. And they allow you to take pictures of everything. Including the very single-bullet gun that Lincoln was shot with, still in prestine condition. I was impressed. If you're a history buff like me you'll love this place. But again, don't hold too high of an expectation. It's just a museum, made for you to read and go. Nothing fancy.
Anyone who would review this attraction higher than a 1 must have visited somewhere else by accident.
One of the few attractions in DC that you have to PAY to see, Ford's Theatre is nothing short of a total waste of time and energy. The theatre itself is a REPRODUCTION. Let me repeat that. Ford's Theatre is a reproduction of the very theatre in which President Lincoln was assassinated. The building itself, the outside bricks and mortar, are original but have the charm and glamour of a national guard armory.
Its museum, which mighty have improved the experience slightly, was closed for renovations at the time of our visit. Of course we weren't notified of this until a US Park Service Ranger mentioned it at the end of a 20 minute lecture on the events leading up to Lincoln's assassination.
Please! Do not go there! Waste of time. Waste of $.
Well I was disappointed in Ford's Theatre because it was closed!! It was advertised as always being open and a gift shop inside. But no it was no open the whole time I was there. BUT Across the street was the home where Lincoln died. Now that was open and was interesting. All I can say is the people of that time must have been small. Because that house had small hallways and rooms. But was really cool to know that you are standing in the very room Pres. Lincoln's body was in and only inches from the bed he died in. A must see. And the Hard Rock is across the street at the coner.
To me, this is another must visit place in D.C.
There is so much history involved inside the theatre. It is well preserved and a great place to go. I ususally go two or three times every time I am there.
The background of the assasination is located in the basement of the theater. Very well done, very interesting. Highly recommended. Don't forget to go across the street to see the Peterson house, where Lincoln actually died.
I went to Ford's Theatre to see Scott Bakula perform in the musical theatre play "Shenandoah." The theatre itself is full of history. Its been refurbished and glows with life, but you can't help but look up to the box seats on the right side and wonder what it must have been like the night that President Lincoln was shot. Its a small theatre, but big enough to hold the hearts of all Americans.
The inside of Fords Theatre was a very unique experience. It was nothing like I imagined. I was thinking of a big theatre that could hold alot of people, but it is a very small quaint theatre. President Lincoln's box was just a few feet above the stage and not very far from the seats of the others attending the play that night. They have done a very good job of recreating the presidential box also.
Down stairs is a very well done museum of artifacts from the night the president was shot along with facts and pictures from his funeral and the trials of the accused. All the kids there seemed to be really interested the museum also. Its done so it's easy to see everything and move around in without bumping into people all the time.
I guess if there was anything disappointing is that the area is all commercial now, with a Hardrock Cafe and Ben and Jerry's ice cream attatached to the house the President died in, but make sure not to miss this one on your trip.
The theater itself, a historic place, wasn't much on historical interpretation. The Park Service was herding people down one aisle and out the next, and we were reminded not to pause, keep moving, etc.
The visitor center in the basement has a lot of good displays to add to what you just get a glimpse of in the theater.
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