Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Springfield
Where is it at?
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
212 North 6th Street
Tel: (217) 558-8844
The museum is located at 212 N. Sixth St, Springfield, 62701 (the library is located at 112 N. Sixth St)
There is a tricky one way system in downtown Springfield, so keep an eye on the following:
If you are coming from Chicago, take the I-55 South then the West Clear Lake Avenue exit.
If you are coming from St. Louis, take the I-55 North and then the West Clear Lake Ave exit.
Parking is available in the museum garage, which is on the corner of Sixth and Madison. This is open 7am - 7pm daily.
Where are we going today?
Who knows....when Abraham Lincoln was president? Who knows....what number president he was....? Any takers? Well, if you haven't got to that in history class yet, then why not get ahead of the pack! (Hint...he was the 16th!)
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Museum is a fascinating, enjoyable and unique history museum experience.
Walk around and enjoy all the details that made up Lincoln and his life. There is an impressive full-sized replica of the 1861 White House facade, priceless Lincoln artefacts on display and even the roar of cannons and appearances of ghosts! (Don't be scared - they're not real! ...We don't think....)
You begin with Lincoln as a young boy, reading his borrowed books by the firelight. You learn about his family, relationships, and eventual road into politics. There are recreations of the infamous Fords Theater, and learn about how his death affected the whole country - and changed it so you can live a better life now!
The museum is really designed for kids in the 4th grade and up due to the nature of some of the content, but for those younger history buffs, Mrs Lincolns Attics is a super fun hands on area for kids 3 - 12 and their families.
There are always temporary exhibits too, so make sure you keep track and keep going back for the ones you want to see!
So take a trip down in American history and enjoy this special and important museum with the whole family. Make sure you allow 2.5 - 3 hours to see the whole exhibit.
How much does it cost?
- Adults$15 (ages 16 - 61)
- Children$6 (ages 5-15)
- Free Under: 5
When can we go?
9am-5pm Monday to Friday
Year Round. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
There are so many incredible opportunities to learn for students at the museum. They are surrounded by history. There are always new teacher resources and educator opportunities. Groups of 15 or more must reserve a tour. Fewer than 15 can just contact the museum prior. Perfect for students of all ages. .
If all this history has worked up an appetite for you, there is a Subway on site where you can enjoy delicious sandwiches and salads (from 10am - 4pm). Of course, you can bring your own yummy lunch and enjoy it with your family on the nearby picnic tables (located across from the museum).
Any Top Tips?
If you want to avoid lines (or try to), then Sundays or Mondays are the best time. Also, mid Nov - first day of March are quieter. .
Need a little extra help?
Complimentary wheelchairs are available at the museum. If you are hard of hearing, assisted listening devices are available in the theaters. If you require a sign language interpreter, you just need to notify the museum two weeks in advance. .
Strollers are available at the museum. .
Can I get one of those?
Of course! History wouldn't be as fun if you couldn't buy a fun gift to take home with you! There is a huge store with souvenirs, apparel and toys that you can purchase after you have been inspired by the history around you. .
What people are saying?
by Wendy Klein
There is so much information you cannot possibly take it all in on one visit. The scavenger hunt for children definitely got my children (ages 12 and 13) more involved than I thought they would. That was definitely appreciated. The movies are wonderful technology that way exceeded my expectations. Not only was there so much information about Lincoln, but it was a great Civil War museum also. We were there for approximately 3 hours and definitely needed more time. Will have to go back to absorb more information.
by TJ Fossmeyer
I loved it a lot! Best Museum 2014!
by Randy Eccles
Well conceived. Modern technology. Great interpretation. I realized negative politics is nothing new going through the political cartoon exhibit from over 100 years ago.
The museum was really disappointing. The place reeked of Subway Onions and the Lincoln legacy has been hijacked by the Democrat liberal politically correct crowd. How else could the board involved have named the United States shameful Bill Clinton as their man of the year and made a display of a Mexican President who had nothing to do with Abraham Lincoln.
Go to Lincoln's Tomb and Home place but skip this attempt to align Lincoln with the liberals
by Michele Marguerite Freed
One word: FANTABULOUS!