The theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated is preparing to open a new museum and education center in downtown Washington to explore the 16th president's life and lasting legacy.
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 hosts another free open house on President's Day before beginning normal tours Feb. 21.