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Ford's Theater

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Ford’s Theater

Ford’s Theater is the site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. The theater is still in operation today and has a basement museum dedicated to Lincoln.

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth entered the Presidential box at Ford’s Theater and assassinated President Lincoln. Ford’s Theater has been an infamous part of American history ever since.

The theater still runs a full program of events that includes an extremely popular rendition of ‘A Christmas Carol", but many people visit the theater just to experience a part of history. Visitors can see the shrouded Presidential Box as well as the rest of the fully restored theater. In the basement museum, artifacts related to the assassination are on display. Exhibits include the pistol Booth used to shoot Lincoln and the clothes Lincoln was wearing at the time.

Self-guided tours of the theater are available 9-5 daily, except when the theater has matinees or rehearsals. (usually Thurs. and weekends). The basement museum is still open at these times.

 

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