Fees & Reservations
The museum is open at 9:00 a.m. with the first theatre entrance at 9:30 a.m. The last entrance into the museum is at 4:00 p.m. and the last theatre entrance at 4:30 p.m.The box office opens daily at 8:30 a.m. The Petersen House is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are required for entrance into Ford's Theatre and the Petersen House.
Timed Entry Tour Tickets
Timed Entry Tour Tickets for D.C.-Metro Area Schools
Schools in the D.C.-metro area that would like to schedule a visit should email email@example.com or call (202) 638-2941 ext. 567.
For information on group reservations for performances or timed entry visits, please contact the Group Sales office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (202) 638-2367. The Group Sales office is open Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ford's Theatre offers a range of gift certificates that are perfect for giving at any occasion. For more information, please call the Box Office at (202) 347-4833.
Ford's Theatre is a working professional theatre, and there will be occasions when visitors will not be able to enter the theatre itself due to rehearsals, set load-ins, and matinee performances. Additionally, there may be occasions when the theatre will need to close unexpectedly. Management will take precaution to avoid these situations, but in the event of an unscheduled closing, every effort will be made to exchange those tickets for a different time. Should no exchange be reasonably possible, a refund will be issued in the same method of your payment. The Ticketmaster service charges will not be refunded. Every effort will be made to announce the schedule adjustments on the website and at the venue. In most cases, the Petersen House will remain open even if the theatre is closed.
Did You Know?
John T. Ford purchased the building for his theatre in 1861, converting it from a church. After a fire on December 30, 1862, Ford rebuilt the theatre, which he ran successfully until Lincoln’s assassination took place on April 14, 1865. 495 performances were staged at Ford’s Theatre from 1863-1865.