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Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House

Inside the Ford Theater

Since 1933, the National Park Service has maintained the Petersen House as a historic house museum that recreates the scene at the time of Lincoln’s death. Here, guests can learn more about that fateful night and the people who surrounded the President during his final hours. Across the street, Ford’s Theatre celebrates the legacy of Lincoln and explores the American experience through theatre and education. It is a working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum, learning center, and a premier destination in Washington DC! It explores and celebrates Lincoln’s ideals and leadership principles of courage, integrity, tolerance, equality, and creative expression!

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