Ford's Theatre National Historic Site


Explore Ford's Theatre and discover Abraham Lincoln's life in Washington DC, the struggle for a united country, and the motivation behind Lincoln's assassination. On April 14, 1865, Lincoln was shot and killed just five days after General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. A well known actor, John Wilkes Booth, desperate to aid the dying Confederacy, stepped into the president's theatre box and assassinated Lincoln. Booth escaped into the night as Abraham Lincoln was carried to the Petersen boarding house across the street. It was there that President Lincoln died early the next morning. Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated.

Admission is free. The theatre is open at 9 a.m. with the last entrance into the theatre at 4:30 p.m. The box office opens daily at 8:30 a.m. The Petersen House is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are required for entrance into Ford's Theatre and the Petersen House. The National Park Service uses a timed ticketing process for this site; same-day tickets are available on-site and other days can be reserved by calling (202) 397-SEAT or by utilizing Ticketmaster.



Seasonality / Weather

Washington has a temperate climate typical of the Mid-Atlantic U.S., with four distinct seasons. Summer tends to be very hot and humid. Spring and fall are mild. Winter can bring cold temperatures, frozen precipitation and, on occasion, major snowstorms.



Ford's Theatre National Historic Site is located on 10th Street between E and F streets. The site is within walking distance of the Metro stops at Metro Center and Gallery Place. Parking garages and metered street parking are located nearby. Limited free day-long parking is available along Ohio Drive SW which is along the Potomac River south of the Lincoln Memorial or in Lots A, B & C south and west of the Jefferson Memorial.


The Washington, DC area is served by three different airports. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, commonly known as National Airport, is located in Arlington County, Virginia and is the closest airport to downtown Washington, DC. Dulles International Airport is located 26 miles from Washington, DC in Chantilly, Virginia. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, commonly known as BWI Airport, is located south of Baltimore.

Public Transport: 

It is highly recommended that visitors make use of the efficient public transit system (Metrorail and Metrobus) as well as Tourmobile, the official interpretive visitor transportation service for the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Information and schedules for Metro can be found at Information and Schedules for Tourmobile may be found at