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Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, Downtown

511 10th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.
Tel: 202 426 6924's insider take:

Reopened in 2009 after an 18-month, $50 million restoration, Ford's Theatre National Historic Site is a working theater that doubles as a memorial to Abraham Lincoln, who was mortally wounded here on April 14, 1865, by John Wilkes Booth. Original artifacts on display include Lincoln's Brooks Brothers overcoat and Booth's derringer pistol. The Petersen House, directly across 10th Street, where the stricken president was taken after the shooting and died the following morning, is also open to the public. The 2011–12 theatrical season begins September 23 with the Tony Awardwinning musical Parade. While you can tour the theater for free, you'll have to pay, of course, for theatrical performances.—Chris Cox

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