Ford’s Theatre, a National Historic Site in Washington, DC, is the go to spot for presidential history buffs. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated at the Ford’s Theatre over a century ago. Following that national tragedy the theatre was closed and the Ford family eventually sold the property to the U.S. government. In the decades since then, the building has been renovated and re-opened numerous times, with the theatre eventually reopening on February 12, 2009, in commemoration of Lincoln’s bicentennial.
In addition to stage productions, the theatre offers numerous other activities that visitors will find educational and entertaining including the following:
- A mesmerizing Acoustiguide audio and multimedia tour, featuring sound effects and historical photos, gives visitors the illusion of being transported back in time to April 14, 1865, the day of Lincoln’s assassination
- The theatre’s museum contains a variety of interactive exhibits that tell the story of Lincoln’s presidency with a display of numerous artifacts; including the clothes the president was wearing on the night of his assassination and the derringer that John Wilkes Booth used to commit the deadly act.
- One Destiny, being performed at the Ford Theatre now through July 5, 2014, gives the audience a look into the minds of Actor Harry Hawk, who was on stage during Lincoln’s assassination, and the Ford’s Theatre co-owner, Harry Ford. The performance of contemporary actors shows the two characters through thought-provoking dialog wondering whether they could have done something on that fateful night to alter the course of history.
Hop on the Angelic Luxury Tour bus and enjoy seeing the sights around the city and then pay a visit to the Ford’s Theatre at 511 10th Street NW, and the Peterson House. The National Historic Site includes both contributing buildings — the Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House across the street from the theatre, where the wounded President was taken after he was shot. Admission to the NHS is free; but time-entry tickets are required. Same day tickets are available at the Box Office beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Phone 202-426-6924 for additional information. In the meantime, get a fantastic preview of what to expect during your visit to the theatre by clicking this link for a virtual tour.