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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

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Address: 5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
Phone Number: 217-785-7960
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek...
Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek Revival masterpiece saw Lincoln serve as a lawyer and legislator. In 1858, Lincoln delivered his landmark "House Divided" speech in the Capitol's Representatives Hall.
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Place looked completely closed, like no one had been there in years. Tried the door and was surprised to see people. Amazing building, should be more signs to let you know it's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Lockport, Illinois
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

...except the old building. Might be of interest to the historian/architect. Nice town square around with plenty of food places to choose from.

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Lockport, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Place looked completely closed, like no one had been there in years. Tried the door and was surprised to see people. Amazing building, should be more signs to let you know it's open.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The Old State Capitol takes about 30-minutes to tour or you can walk around on your own. Takes you back in time. Worth the time if you have.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Take the tour. Very informative tour which walks you through different rooms and tells the history of Lincoln's time in office.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Not much to see here but nice to come in and take some shade from the summer sun. The building is very historic and the staff know their facts and figures. Also the Historic Site houses the local tourism office so worth a visit to obtain information about local curiosities and attractions

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Springfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The old capital has been restored to show what it was like during the time of Lincoln. People dress up as if they were living during the 1850"s. The new state capital is only a few blocks away. Touring both places shows the differents between today's government and as it was during his time. Much has changed and a lot... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We made two trips to the Old State Capitol at 5th and Adams Streets in Springfield during our recent two-day visit of Lincoln Land. On each occasion, we attended presentations by a Civil War interpreter who gave an excellent portrayal of General Ulysses S. Grant, a native Ohioan who launched his journey to fame and the White House as a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The tour of the Old State Capitol gave us a feel for Lincoln's time in this Prairie state, and the political environment in which he lived. The guides were knowledgable, friendly and entertaining.

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Collins, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

IT was very realistic to learn how government was back the.There was also actors who made a time in history very realistic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Not much to see on our visit due to the fact that the building appeared to be closed. I know the State seems to have budget problems and they were threatening cutbacks on tourist related buildings. Not sure if I will ever be back in Springfield, but if I do I will try again for a tour.

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Additional Information about Old State Capitol State Historic Site

Address: Address: 5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
Phone Number: 217-785-7960
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Springfield
Open Hours:
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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