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. His killer, an actor named John Wilkes Booth who sympathised with the Confederates in the ongoing Civil War, then jumped to the stage and shouted 'Sic simper tyrannis' (Thus to all tyrants) before fleeing the theatre. The US Government bought the theatre and prohibited it from use as an amusement venue. It was used for various storage and clerical purposes until it was restored and reopened for performances in 1968. Today, Ford's Theatre is both an active performance venue and historical site, 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.
A tour of the entire site lasts about 2 hours, lasting about an hour and limited to groups of 20 people at a time. Tours should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Visitors must be sure to check out the website to see what is currently on stage.
Address: 511 10th Street NW
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.