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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Springfield, IL

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Address: 212 N 6th St, Springfield, IL 62701, USA How do we get there? Number: (217) 558-8844
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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.

Activity location


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. Get directions

How much does it cost?



$15 (ages 16 - 61)



$6 (ages 5-15)



Seniors ($12) and Military ($10)


Free Under

5 years


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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library FAQ’s

Strollers are available at the museum.

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)

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.

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.

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.

Strollers are available at the museum.

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.

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