Basic Information


Welcome to Ford's Theatre and the House Where Lincoln Died
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was assassinated in Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865. The mortally wounded, but still breathing president was carried across the street to Petersen's boarding house, where he remained unconscious through the night. On April 15, 1865, President Lincoln died in the Petersen House. First opened to the public in 1968, Ford's Theatre National Historic Site protects the Theatre and Petersen House, houses a museum about the assassination, and is a working theater.

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site is a unit of National Mall and Memorial Parks and operates in partnership with the Ford's Theatre Society.


Hours and Seasons

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site is open every day except for Thanksgiving Day and December 25. Tickets are free and required for entry.

However, Ford's Theatre is an active theater, and there are times when the theater is closed for matinees, rehearsals and special events. In most cases the museum and Petersen House will remain open even if the theater is closed for performances. Visit the Hours and Seasons page for more information.


Ticket Information

Admission to Ford's Theatre National Historic Site is free and a ticket is required for entry. Your ticket provides you timed access to the theatre (unless there is a performance), the museum, and the Petersen House.

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.


Permit Information

The National Mall and Memorial Parks Division of Permits Management administers permitted activities for National Park units throughout the National Capital Region including Ford's Theatre National Historic Site. Permits are required for filming and photography and special events including weddings.

Visit our Permits Management page for more information.

Last updated: May 26, 2016

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1100 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20242



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