Timed reservations are requiredReserve tickets online (recommended) or get free, same-day tickets at the Ford's Theatre box office. You must have a ticket to enter the Ford's Theatre exhibits and museums.
While there is not a national park entrance fee, a reservation fee applies to advance reservations.
Overview of entrance requirements
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Reservations and Timed Entry
Ford's Theatre Museum Self-Guided Tour Reservation
Required to tour the museum and theatre
Jan 1–Dec 31
Make your reservation on the Ford's Theatre Society website at the link below. The reservation includes a self-guided tour through the museum, Petersen House (the house where Lincoln died), and Aftermath exhibits. Because Ford's Theatre is an active theatre, some tours or tour elements may occasionally be unavailable. Free, same-day tickets may be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ford's Theatre box office; supplies are limited.
Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.More about this reservation
While there is no park entrance fee, timed reservations are required due to space limitations. Limit 6 tickets per customer. These reservations carry a small fee that benefits the Ford's Theatre Society, the official park partner. Visitors are advised to purchase advance tickets at least one day in advance. Free, same-day tickets may be available at the Ford's Theatre box office while supplies last.
2023 Fee-free Days
No entrance pass required on these days:
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Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, Ford's Theatre Museum, Petersen House (the House where Lincoln died), and the Aftermath Exhibits in the Ford's Theatre Society Center for Education and Leadership are all open daily, with entries every half hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Theatre closures 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.
Last updated: June 13, 2023