Photograph by James E. Russell

Ford’s Theatre (5ll 10th Street N.W.; phone: +1 202 426 6924)

John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln here during a performance of Our American Cousin on April 14, 1865. National Park Service rangers give interpretive talks about the assassination and the history of the theater. The building, inside and out, has been restored to look pretty much as it did 130 years ago. A small museum in the basement features the clothes Lincoln wore the night he died, the derringer used by Booth, and a small notebook kept by the assassin.