Explore Ford's Theater

On the night of April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth. He died in the early hours of April 15, in the small back bedroom of a boarding house across the street. Lincoln, who had struggled through the Civil War to preserve the union, lived long enough to see it maintained but not long enough to help in healing the wounds left by the war.

The Theatre where Lincoln was shot and the house where he died, are preserved today as Ford's Theatre National Historic Site. It tells us of these events, reminds us of the troubling times this nation passed through, and encourages us to perpetuate the aspirations, hopes, and ideals that Lincoln held for the United States.

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Admission to Ford's Theatre is free. 

For more information on tickets to tour the site or for prices of upcoming performances and events please go to our partner's site.

511 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004


Parking around Ford's Theatre is difficult at best. Be sure to read the signs for restrictions and time limits. There are Parking Garages within in walking distance.

Public Transportation

Public Transportation is the best option for reaching National Mall and Memorial Park sites easily and conveniently. There are many options to reach us via Washington, DC's Subway system known as Metro, or bicycle via Capital Bikeshare. The National Mall Circulator Loop bus will provide easy access around the National Mall and convenient connections to other Circulator buses for visits to uptown sites. 


The closest Metro stop is Metro Center Station which is a 5-10 minute walk from Ford's Theatre. The Red, Orange, Silver and Blue lines all connect here. From Metro Center Station, head South on 11th St toward F ST N. Turn left onto F St NW. Turn right onto 10th St NW and the theatre will be on the left.

Admission to Ford's Theatre is free. Visitors 2 years of age and older 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 the same day tickets.

Timed Entry Tour Tickets
Tickets for timed entry to visit Ford's Theatre may be reserved Online or by calling 1-888-616-0270. For information on timed entry tickets and the schedule of programming, click here

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

In general, Ford's Theatre National Historic Site is open every day except for Thanksgiving Day and December 25, however, Ford's Theatre is an active theatre, and there are times when the site is closed for matinees, rehearsals and special events. in most cases the Petersen House will remain open even if the theatre is closed.

Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site is open for tours from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Box Office is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. In the event of evening performances, the Box Office will remain open until 8 pm. In the event of an evening History on Foot walking tour, the Box Office will remain open until the tour begins.

The Petersen House

The Petersen House (House Where Lincoln Died) is open for tours from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm daily.

Admission into the Ford's Theatre National Historic Site is free, but a ticket is required. For Ticketing information please go here.

Accessibility Information

Ford’s Theatre strives to make art and history accessible to people with disabilities by removing barriers and providing opportunities.

Ford’s Theatre offers an elevator from the lower-level museum to the lobby and balcony levels. The Center for Education and Leadership also has an elevator to exhibit levels and to the back porch of the Petersen House.

Accessible seating is offered in both the rear orchestra and the balcony sections of the theatre.

Ford's Theatre offers audio-described and captioned performances.

Ford’s Theatre also offers sign-language interpretation upon request for Ranger tours, walking tours, One Destiny and one-night only events. Requests for sign-language interpreters must be received at least two weeks prior to the event. For more information, please call our box office at 202-347-4833 or email

Last updated: May 23, 2017