While governmental maneuverings may be the mechanism driving Washington D.C. forward, the less-political visitor will find here expansive parks, a plethora of cultural sights and as assortment of landmark structures.
The evening of April 14, 1865, has forever been marked with tragedy. On that night, the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated in Ford's Theatre by actor John Wilkes Booth. Just days after General Lee's Confederate troops surrendered at Appomattox, VA, a time of hope and peace in Washington and around the country turned to a period of mourning that America had never seen before.
Hours + Fees
Daily: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed December 25. Ford's Theatre is an active theatre and may close temporarily with little notice, especially just before and after productions for rehearsals and set changes. The theatre will also be closed during matinees.The Lincoln Museum and the Petersen House will remain open for tours during matinees and rehearsals.
Map + Directions
Interstate 395 provides access to the Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the North. Interstate 66, U.S. Route 50 and 29 provide access from the West. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the East.
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