Petersen House Tours
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Built in 1849 by William A. Petersen, this historic home located in northwest Washington, D.C. gained its place in history back in 1865, when President Abraham Lincoln died inside its doors after being shot at the Ford’s Theatre the night before. Today, American history buffs can explore the historic museum maintained by the National Park Service and get up close with one of the most notorious moments in our nation’s history.
Visitors can check out a recreation of the scene of Lincoln’s death, which includes replicas of his bed and the bloodstained pillow he slept on. Travelers say that while the Petersen House is definitely worth a visit, tourists should check it out in conjunction with the Ford Theatre for a complete look at its historical context.
The Petersen House is located at 516 10th Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., directly across from Ford’s Theatre. It is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is free but requires a timed ticket.
Address: 516 10th Street NW, Washington, DC, USA
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Petersen House
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.
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.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Sip a variety of top-notch, international wines or liquors at Central Wines, a classy wine, beer and spirits shop in the lively Penn Quarter District (or take your tastings to go), and then sit back and enjoy your pedicab ride. Your driver-guide pedals you through Chinatown and the Federal Triangle, as well as past key sights such as the National Portrait Gallery, the Friendship Arch and Ford Theatre. This small-group tour is limited to 9 people or fewer.
Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience Petersen House ?
The best ways to experience Petersen House are:
- Lincoln's Assassination: Explore Lincoln's final day on this audio walking tour
- The Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour
- Washington DC BYOB Tour by Pedicab
- Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials
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