Operating Hours & Seasons

General Information

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.

Some parts of the site, especially the recreated interior of the theatre itself, may not be available on some days and times due to special theatre events, performances, or rehearsals. Visit to the site are self-guided through the museum, Petersen House, and Aftermath exhibits. When the recreated theatre itself is open, some entries may include a 15-20 minute ranger presentation while others will include a walkthrough self-guided expereince with staff available to provide a short orientation to the theatre and answer questions. An audioguide is also available for a small additional charge. The schedule varies considerably due to performances and preparations- please check the
reservations schedule on the Ford's Theatre Society site for specific details on what is available on any given day or entry time.

Visitors are advised to purchase advance tickets at least one day in advance. Some walk-up tickets may be available at the Ford's Theatre box office, but in limited numbers and walk-up tickets may not be available at all for some days or entry times.

Ford’s Theatre is open year-round, though will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Reserve tickets online at the Ford's Theatre Society website. The Ford's Theatre Society charges a $3.50 reservation fee for each ticket. Patrons are limited to six tickets per order.

Groups interested in visiting should email

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.

Last updated: March 9, 2023

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