Ford's Theatre

Whether experiencing a performance in the same place Lincoln did, or following the story of his presidency through the Civil War in the museum, a visit to Ford’s Theatre brings history to life for students of all ages. Learn and grow through history plays, theatrical walking tours and special learning adventures on site.


Visitors to the historic site may choose to begin their visit by walking through the newly renovated museum. The Ford’s Theatre Museum combines a remarkable collection of historic artifacts with background on the Civil War and 1860s Washington.


ational Park Service rangers offer interpretive talks about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln up to four times on regular visit days. These programs last approximately 30 minutes.

One Destiny, A History Play:

During the spring and summer, Ford’s Theatre Society presents a one-act play that tells of the events of April 14, 1865. One Destiny, by Richard Hellesen, portrays President Lincoln’s assassination through the eyes of Harry Ford and Harry Hawk, two men who were in the theatre that night. Includes a study guide of primary source materials (speeches, newspaper articles, photographs, and first-hand accounts) for classroom use before and after the show to contextualize and delve deeper into the history of the events.

The House Where Lincoln Died:

Following a program in the Theatre, visitors may proceed across Tenth Street to the house where Lincoln died. After the shooting, President Lincoln was carried to the Petersen House and tended to in a back bedroom until his death hours later. Here, visitors can learn more about that fateful night and the people who surrounded the President in his final hours

Center for Education and Leadership:

Enter the newly constructed Center for Education and Leadership. See exhibits exploring the aftermath of the assassination, the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and the lasting impact of Lincoln’s legacy.