Ford’s Theater in Washington DC is a nationwide historic landmark where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by actor John Wilkes Booth in 1965. Today, the theater is presenting plays, musicals and many stage performances, throughout the year, most of which are concerned with the life of the 16th American President.
Visitors can benefit from talking to a guide and thereby learning from him the interesting story of how President Lincoln was assassinated. On the 2nd floor of the theater, you can witness the box seat where Lincoln was seated at the time he was killed. Beneath the theater is the Ford’s Theater Museum which makes use of 21st century technology. This can be seen through the number of narrative devices that are brought into play here like videos, 3D figures and environmental recreations. On exhibit are a number of items related to the President’s assassination. These include interesting things like the Derringer pistol, access to Abraham Lincoln's theater box and Booth's diary. Additionally, other things that are also kept for display including Lincoln’s coat, some of his statues and his several large portraits.
Across the lane from the theater, a building; ‘Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership’ was opened in February 2012. This Center features permanent exhibits displaying the growth of Lincoln’s legacy and the immediate aftermath of his death. The center also houses space for workshops, lectures, after-school programs, education studios etc.
Across the street, you can also visit Peterson House, a 3-storey brick row house. This historic museum is the place Lincoln was brought by the doctors after being shot and where he died eventually.
Interior of Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C. Photo: Wknight94
Apart from these, Ford’s Theater Society also offers history on walking tours during the summer months and spring. The tour starts from the theater and makes its way to discover downtown Washington.
Further, in order to avoid long waiting lines, the Theater offers free timed tickets for its visitors to be distributed on first come first serve basis. However, those who wish to book advance tickets can do so through Ticketmaster.com but with convenience fee charged. On the whole, The Fords Theater is among the favorite tourist spots in Washington. Visitors come here not only to enjoy the stage performances but also to learn about Abraham Lincoln’s presidency as well as his life.