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National Theatre

The National Theatre first opened in 1835, supported by some of D.C.’s wealthiest patrons, who wanted their city to have a world-class theatrical institution. In the wake of the 1922 collapse of the nearby Knickerbocker movie theater during a snowstorm, the vintage limestone building was redesigned and reinforced for safety; its interior remained largely unchanged until a full-scale renovation in 1984. This renovation, quite fittingly, was overseen by a theater production set designer.

Since its original opening, virtually every great theater star has performed at the National, and a box on the left side of the stage has hosted every president and his wife; Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt were particular fans of the plays presented here. Today, the stage at this elegant, 1,676-seat theater hosts some of the biggest productions on Broadway.

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Lincoln's Assassination: Explore Lincoln's final day on this audio walking tour

Lincoln's Assassination: Explore Lincoln's final day on this audio walking tour

Why did America’s most popular actor kill the president? And how did he do it? On this self-guided GPS audio tour, we stroll from the White House to Ford’s Theatre and many points in between over 90 minutes examining many of the sites where John Wilkes Booth stalked President Abraham Lincoln before killing him at the end of the Civil War. A madman exacting revenge for his beloved South or maybe more. Moderator Rick Snider is a distant relative of John Wilkes Booth and co-conspirator Mary Surratt.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours

The Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour

The Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour

Follow the story of Abraham Lincoln's assassination in April 1865 on this Washington DC walking tour. With a guide, make stops at St. John's Church, Lafayette Square Park, and Ford's Theatre, where the president was shot. Along the way, look at historical photos and listen to anecdotes of mystery and betrayal. Tour is limited to 25 people.
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
Taking safety measures



We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since National Theatre can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 2 National Theatre tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to National Theatre costs USD 5.55. Guided National Theatre tours start around USD 5.55 per person. See all 2 National Theatre tickets and tours on Viator.