Learn the details about the tragic assassination of Abraham Lincoln at this national historic site.
Originally built in 1833, this building was first occupied for religious worship. In 1861, John T. Ford from Baltimore renovated the place as a theatre. Abraham Lincoln often came to enjoy theatrical performances. When he was shot on April 14, 1865, he was carried to the home of William Petersen, a German tailor. Lincoln was laid on a bed in the back of the house, and this is the spot where he died early the next morning.
Visitors can come here to learn about the events of President Lincoln's death also see a display of several thousand items related to his assassination. Currently, visiting hours are from 10 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Admission can be purchased in advance online. You will be able to take a self-guided tour of the theater. This site continues to operate as a theatre so sometimes it may be closed to the public due to rehearsals.