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Ford’s Theatre information
On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, actor and Confederate sympathizer, assassinated Abraham Lincoln, as the president and Mrs Lincoln watched Our American Cousin in the Presidential Box of Ford’s Theatre. The box remains draped with a period flag to this day.
The theater is open during the day to visitors (except during rehearsals or matinee performances), but you’ll need to get a (free) ticket with timed entry from the theater box office (open from 8:30am). It’s a good idea to reserve tickets in advance in spring and summer; there’s a $2.50 per ticket surcharge to do it in person, and a few dollars more to reserve via Ticketmaster . It’s always smart to check the theater’s closure schedule before heading out; Ford’s posts it online, or you can call the box office.
The ticket also provides entry to the Lincoln Museum in the basement, which maps out the assassination’s details and displays related artifacts. You’ll see the.44 caliber pistol Booth used to kill Lincoln, the muddy boot Dr Mudd had to cut through to treat Booth’s leg, Mrs Lincoln’s opera glasses and much more.