Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service [NPS] recently announce a phased reopening schedule for Ford’s Theatre and the Ford’s Theatre Museum beginning Wednesday, Oct. 14, with advance tickets required and now available online.

Following the initial opening, Ford’s Theatre and its museum will operate with a modified schedule for daytime visitation on Wednesdays through Sundays with required advance tickets for timed entry for both venues.

Adhering to capacity policies set forth by the D.C. Health Department, a maximum number of 25 visitors per hour will be permitted in the building during this stage of reopening.

Visits to Ford’s Theatre will be self-guided while NPS ranger talks will not be scheduled during this initial reopening stage. The Petersen House (The House where Lincoln died) and the Aftermath Exhibits at the Center for Education and Leadership remain closed.

“For the last several months, Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service have been working together to adjust our visitor experience to meet new health and safety guidelines. We are excited to welcome you back to the historic site and share Lincoln’s legacy with you. We also appreciate that not everyone will be ready or able to join us in person. We continue to offer a variety of virtual programming, bringing Ford’s programming directly to you,” said Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault.

“Ford’s Theatre is a must-see for any trip to our nation’s capital, providing insight into the far-reaching and profound consequences that President Lincoln’s assassination and death had, and continues to have, on our nation,” said Jeff Reinbold, superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks. “Working with public health officials and our partners at Ford’s Theatre Society, we are pleased to reopen the historic theatre and museum while providing for the health and safety of our staff and visitors.”

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