A white lobby with a set of floor-to-ceiling windows to the left and a display with a portrait of Abraham Lincoln to the right. In the middle of the lobby is a cylindrical glass display case.
Photo Ⓒ Maxwell MacKenzie.

Group Visits to the Historic Site

Bring your group of 20 or more to visit Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., the site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

Visit Ford’s Theatre and step back in time. While at our historic site, you will learn about the events of April 14, 1865, and the lasting impact of Lincoln’s assassination on our nation. All four portions of the historic site are open to the public.

Tips for your visit

  • Every visitor needs a ticket.
  • We have timed-entry every half hour.
  • Our visitation schedule varies. Be sure to check our calendar when planning your visit. The museum and theatre are not included in every ticket.
  • A self-guided visit lasts ~1 hour.
  • Reserve in advance.
  • Group Reservation Fee is $3.00.
  • An Acoustiguide is an additional $5/guide. This pre-recorded audio tour provides additional content and historical background. Youth and adult versions available.
  • If you are visiting the museum, try out our story cards. With the cards, you can follow the story of real people from 1865 and learn what life in Washington was like during the Civil War. The cards are free. Ask for them at the box office when you arrive.

How do I book?

Groups of 20-55

  • Visit the calendar.
  • Choose the date and time you want to visit.
  • Choose how many people are attending.
  • Create an account or log in.
  • Pay for your order.
  • If you choose a payment plan, our group sales team will follow up with an invoice.

Groups of 55+ Order via Webform:

Four Parts to Ford’s Theatre

Learn more about what you can see during a visit to Ford’s Theatre.

1. Museum

In our museum, you can see rare artifacts from the Lincoln assassination, follow Lincoln’s presidency and learn about the conspiracy. 

2. Theatre

Go inside the historic theatre and learn about the night of the assassination.

3. Petersen House

After you see the historic theatre, visit the house where Lincoln died. The house is located across the street from the theatre. This small home accommodates 15 people at a time. 

4. Aftermath Exhibits

View exhibits about what happened immediately after the assassination. Follow Lincoln’s funeral train from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois, and learn about his legacy. Or follow John Wilkes Booth’s escape and the trial of the conspirators.

Field Trips

Plan a historic site visit to learn about the events of April 14, 1865, and the lasting impact of Lincoln’s assassination on our nation.

A man leads a group of children on a tour of the of a museum. He points to a picture on a display while the children watch.
Photo by Gary Erskine.