Operating Hours & Seasons

General Information

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site and Ford's Theatre Museum is reopening on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, with a modified schedule for daytime visitation on Wednesdays through Sundays. Advance tickets will be required and must be purchased at least one day in advance (no day-of tickets available at this time).

Reserve Tickets through the Ford's Theatre Society online box office.

Tickets for each week (Wednesday-Sunday) will be available on Friday at 10 a.m. for the following Wednesday-Sunday. Ford’s Theatre and its museum will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Timed entry to Ford’s Theatre and museum will be available on the hour from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The site will be closed during the 1 p.m. hour for cleaning. Adhering to capacity policies set forth by DC Health, a maximum number of 25 visitors per hour are permitted in the building during this stage of reopening. Site visits will be limited to 45 minutes total to allow for cleaning in between each entry time.

Visits to Ford’s Theatre are self-guided. National Park Service rangers will be stationed in the Theatre to orient visitors and answer questions, but no formal talks will be scheduled during this initial reopening stage. The Petersen House (The House where Lincoln Died) and the Aftermath Exhibits at the Center for Education and Leadership remain closed at this time.

New procedures and policies are in place to mitigate risk of COVID-19:

  • Face coverings are required.
  • Physical distancing protocols will be in place.
  • Advance tickets are required.
  • Temperature and wellness checks are required to enter the site.
  • Contactless check-in will be in place.
  • A low-touch experience is provided.
  • One-way visitor paths are in place.
  • Increased cleaning will be implemented.

To see a full list of policies, visit www.fords.org/welcome-back.

Reserve tickets online at the Ford's Theatre Society website. Patrons are limited to six tickets per order and large groups are not allowed at this time. The Ford's Theatre Society charges a $3 reservation fee for each ticket.

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: October 20, 2020

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