Fords Theater is the site of Abraham
Lincolns 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 Fords Theater and assassinated President Lincoln. Fords
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.