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Ford’s Theatre

Ford Theatre, Washington DC © Ingfbruno
Ford Theatre, Washington DC © Ingfbruno

On April 14th, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated while watching a performance at Ford's Theatre in Washington DC. He was shot by an actor named John Wilkes Booth who sympathised with the Confederates in the ongoing Civil War. Today, Ford's Theatre is both an active performance venue and historical site, with the Ford's Theatre Museum containing artefacts related to the assassination, including the Derringer pistol Booth used. Across from the theatre is the Petersen House, which is where President Lincoln finally died early the next morning. Tours are limited to groups of 20 people at a time so should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

Address: 511 10th Street NW

Website: www.fordstheatre.org

Telephone: (202) 347 4833

Opening times: Opening times vary day to day - check the website for details.

Admission: Ticket prices vary for tours, performances and museum admission. See official website for details.