Ford’s Theatre Center Celebrates Grand Opening

Center opens to public February 12

By Brandon Benavides
|  Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012  |  Updated 2:10 PM EDT
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Ford’s Theatre Center Celebrates Grand Opening

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The theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated is preparing to open a new museum and education center in downtown Washington. It will explore the 16th president's life and lasting legacy.

Ford's Theatre hosted a private grand opening ceremony on Wednesday.
 
The Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership has been constructed in a building across from the famous theater, and next door to the row house where Lincoln died.
 
The new museum is part of a $60 million project to create a destination for learning about Lincoln.
 
Exhibits will address the aftermath of Lincoln's death and the evolution of his legacy. There is also workshop space for teachers and students, and a distance-learning lab.
 
The center opens to the public on Lincoln's birthday, Feb. 12. It will host another free open house on President's Day. Regular tours will begin Feb. 21.

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