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Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

511 10th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004
View from beneath the balcony

View from beneath the balcony. The Presidential Box is at right.

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Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. was the site of the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. Lincoln died the next morning at Petersen House, across the street.

The Petersen House and the theater are preserved together as Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, administered by the National Park Service. Programming within the theater and the Center for Education is overseen separately by the Ford's Theatre Society.

The Ford's Theatre Museum beneath the theater contains portions of the Olroyd Collection of Lincolniana. The collection includes multiple items related to the assassination, including the Derringer pistol used to carry out the shooting, Booth's diary and the original door to Lincoln's theater box. In addition, a number of Lincoln's family items, his coat (without the blood-stained pieces), some statues of Lincoln and several large portraits of the President are on display in the museum.

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