Ford's Theater, the place where Lincoln was shot. It's also the location of the annual Christmas Carol production during the holiday season.
The people at the Ford's Theater were so friendly and full of information. We first went downstairs and looked at the many items and read so much about our History. It was an amazing place to visit. Then we were escorted up into the Theater to hear the story about President Lincolns visit there. A great place to visit.
There's so much to do in DC with kids, time becomes a factor. We loved that with timed tickets, touring Ford Theater only took us about an hour (budget two hours if you also want to see the house across the street where Lincoln died). I agree with the other reviewers that the NPS rangers at the theater were all very friendly and full of information. We really enjoyed the 20 minute talk in the theater describing the events of the night Lincoln was shot, and seeing the actual presidential box is always impressive.
The museum is small but good; opt for the timed tickets that include both. We opted to skip the house where he died, because while your timed ticket gives you entry, they limit the number of people let in at a time, slowing the line down considerably.
Definitely worth doing!
We find it pretty neat to be able to visit places of such historic significance. Here, you get to sit in the theater where President Lincoln was shot and listen to a Park Ranger talk about the details of that fateful night. The Ranger is available for questions after his (or her) talk. Afterwards, walk across the street to visit the house where Lincoln died.
Tickets are free but timed.
I had never before visited Ford’s Theater, and I was pleasantly surprised. My daughters are both very interested in Abraham Lincoln, and as a family, we have visited several note-worthy spots where they learned a lot about his story. By far, this was the most detailed and informative place that we have yet seen. I was expecting a short visit to simply see the infamous balcony, but there was so much more. Upon entering, you first visit the museum that chronicles his entire life, even going so far as to give biographies of his father and mother. There are many pieces of memorabilia that you won’t see anywhere else, including items that were in his rooms at the White House, letters written by his hand and personal photographs that give insight into his life. In another part of the museum, the assassination plot is painstakingly detailed and even more memorabilia is on display. When you are finished walking through this area, you will take a staircase up to the balcony of Ford’s Theater where you can truly feel immersed in history. During your visit, you can sit in one of the chairs and imagine being there on that fateful night. My children (6 and 9) were enthralled with the museum and the theater. Younger children will probably be less patient, but there are a lot of exhibits that may get their attention. There is, for an additional fee, an audio tour that you can take that will give you a more directed course throughout the museum, but we opted not to take it and had a wonderfully interesting and educational experience. I recommend following up your visit with a stop at the Petersen house across the street.
I have taken the tour at Ford's Theatre a couple of times. It is very neat and still in great shape. I haven't been able to watch a production yet, but hope to one day. The only reason I haven't given it 4 stars is because the last time I was in, they weren't allowing veiwing of the room where Lincoln was shot. Not sure if that has changed since then.
We walked around the theater was President Lincoln was shot and talked to our children about the events surrounding it and the importance to our country. For younger kids you probably don't need to say much. It's pretty amazing to be in a place where something so historical to our young country took place. There is a museum in the basement which was very informative and held quite a collection of things that belonged to Lincoln. The kids enjoyed the exhibits.