Ford’s Theater announced its reopening on Wednesday, May 12th. The historic site opened for tours with safety top of mind.
“We are so excited. It’s been — with the exception of five weeks in the fall that we were open — we basically have been closed for 14 months, and so we’re thrilled to be sort of getting back to whatever the new normal is. But the new normal is Ford’s Theater reopened! So we’re opening today for visitation and we’re working on COVID safety protocols.
Advance reservation tickets have been available. Already today we’re completely sold out, and I think we’re almost sold out for tomorrow as well. So people should go online and plan their visit!” according to Ford’s Theatre Director, Paul Tetreault.
Expect some maintenance and construction, but the full museum and historic exhibits are now available for visitors. And if you got used to Ford’s Theater’s excellent virtual programming… don’t worry.
“We are excited that we’re opening here at Ford’s Theater, and we hope that people can come and visit, but for those that can’t, there are still a ton of things that are available online, virtually.
They can go to our website, which is www.nps.gov/foth, and there are different videos and clips there, including some virtual programs,” explained Aly Baltrus of the National Park Service.
Still, those in DC or visiting this spring and summer were eager for Ford’s Theatre’s reopening news.
Says Tetreault: “I think we’ve had a great response to our programs that we’ve had online or are available on our website and our education programs, but there’s nothing like being back in the theater, so we’re excited about that.”