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    As I continue to tour Civil War sites in the Washington DC area, I visited Ford’s Theater and the adjacent house where President Lincoln died. Although the theater is reconstructed to look as it did in April 1865 (after the assassination the theater closed and the building was used for other purposes) i very much got a feeling of authenticity. The history provided was fascinating and also quite moving. I really got a sense of that terrible night. Be sure to get to the adjacent house to which the President was carried after he was wounded. The whole experience is somber (as it should be) and absolutely worth seeing.

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    We thoroughly enjoyed A Christmas Carol and will likely make it a family tradition. There is plenty of parking underneath and across the street. Plan to dine at one of the many excellent restaurants in the area before or at after your event. I would probably pick a balcony seat next time but plan on a rather tight seating. The museum on the floor below is a must so plan 30 minutes before the show. You can take pictures of the theatre and the stage just as long as there are no actors on stage.

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    The history of the building and the way it has been renovated while still keeping the integrity is amazing. This is a wonderful but sad place all in one and a great stop for anyone coming through DC. You can also visit the building across the street where Lincoln died.

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    I’ve been to this theatre multiple times to watch plays. It’s a small venue so I’m sure there aren’t too many bad seats in this place. It does kind of suck to sit behind one of the pillars in the orchestra area, which I’ve had to do once.It’s always super crowded in the lobby right before showtime, but the lines move pretty quickly, and things move along easily. I always want to order one of the slushies from the gift shop, but they only allow water in the theater. Such a tease! I guess during the summer I can get one to go.

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    This is really one of the MUST DO museums in DC. First, it isn’t just the theater. It is the museum before the theater, the Petersen house across the street and the museum next to the Petersen house. I had no idea there was an additional museum across the street. Both museums are very informative. I recommend getting a ticket for as early as possible. You must have an entry ticket which can be purchased on line or at the ticket office. We took the audio tour, and although it was very informative I am not sure it had anything extra that wasn’t already presented at the exhibits. The one place in particular I did find the audio tour to have more info was the theater itself. So maybe for that portion the audio tour is worth it. The line outside the theater is for those already holding a ticket. If you do not have a ticket go inside and find out the next available ticket time – DO NOT wait in the outside line if you don’t have an entry ticket. You will thoroughly upset to have wasted your time. Also, dates and times are sold far in advance. Plan accordingly. – Travelationship