Fees & Passes

General Information

The first entrance for the theatre and museum is generally at 9 a.m. daily. 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 for same day tickets at 8:30 a.m. The Petersen House is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are required for entrance into Ford's Theatre and the Petersen House.


Admission to Ford's Theatre is free. All visitors wishing to tour the site must present a timed entry ticket. Same day tickets will be available at the Box Office beginning at 8:30 a.m. There is a limit of six tickets per person for same day tickets.

Advance reservations are recommended as the number of entries at each time is limited, and they often fill up. Advance tickets are available through the Ford's Theatre Society for a small reservation fee. Reserve tickets online or call (888) 616-0270. For more information on timed entry tickets and the schedule of programming, visit Ford's Theatre Society.

There are four parts to Ford's Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House, and the Aftermath Exhibits). Not all tickets include access to all parts of the site, so please check carefully when booking advance tickets, and arranging for same day tickets at the box office.

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 education@fords.org 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 groups@fords.org or by phone at (202) 638-2367. The Group Sales office is open Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gift Certificates

The Ford's Theatre Society offers a range of gift certificates for historic site visits, performances, and other programs that are perfect for giving at any occasion. For more information, please call the Box Office at (202) 347-4833.

Theatre Closings for Rehearsals and Performances

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. 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. Every effort will be made to announce the schedule adjustments on the website and at the venue as far in advance as possible. In most cases, the Petersen House will remain open even if the theatre is closed.

The "America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Lands Pass"

As visiting Ford's Theatre National Historic Site is free, and advance reservations are arranged through a private partner organization, there is no additional benefit available for holders of the America the Beautiful Annual, Senior, Access, Volunteer, or Every Kid in a Park pass. Passes are not available at the site. Passes can be purchased online through Recreation.gov or at any site charging an entry fee.

Last updated: July 4, 2020

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