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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
217-785-7960
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Ranked #5 of 31 attractions in Springfield
Type: Historic Sites, Government Buildings
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek Revival masterpiece saw Lincoln serve as a lawyer and legislator. In 1858,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Illinois, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

While we did not enter the property, we arrived at 4p and they were closing up at 5p, we did get some great photos and just seeing the building was enough for my daughter. Definitely planning on going back soon to go inside and look around.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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65 reviews 65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Old State Capitol encapsulates Illinois History from the days when Abraham Lincoln served in the legislature to when Barrack Obama announced his presidential bid. The tour is quick, encompassing the modest offices of the state officials and legislative chambers. Be sure to see the Governor’s office on the second floor that Lincoln used as his “transition office” between the... More

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Illinois
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70 reviews 70 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I was attending with a group of business professionals and some how our tour reservation was never made or lost. We were offered to tour with 60 fifth graders, but decided we would go on our own. Then, one of the managers heard about our problem and offered us a shortened tour (so we could stay in from of the... More

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Kechi, Kansas
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10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

It would have been better for us if we had waited for an official tour. It probably would have meant more.

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Louisville, KY
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9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

If you are visiting the Lincoln sites in Springfield, I would put this on the list. It's a short walk to several other sites, and it only takes a few minutes to get a glimpse of a big part of Lincoln's life. Our family did a quick walk through while we waited for the next tour of the Lincoln law... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I enjoy American history so I really liked spending time in the old State Capitol. This is where Abraham Lincoln made his famous "House Divided" speech. The building is maintained and it is one of those places that you can take your own sweet time to view and reflect. This is a must see!

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San Fernando, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
25 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This is a beautiful Greek-Revival style building. At one time, it housed offices for the Governor of Illinois, The Old Supreme Court and Old House of Representatives. We tagged along behind a school tour so we were able to hear the history of this fascinating place. Otherwise, we would have just done a quick tour on our own and not... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I thought this was gong to be better than it actually was. They've done a really nice job of restoring it to its 1860 days. There was only one tour guide and he didn't seem to eager to take on more folks so we just wandered on our own. I saw that you could go in and sit in the... More

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St.Louis
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128 reviews 128 reviews
27 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Well preserved, excellent tour guide. You can stand where Lincoln stood, where he argued cases before the IL Supreme Court, where he worked in the legislature. Wonderful history so well done by the State of IL.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

A must when you are in Springfield. A very well maintained building. Very beautiful. In stark contrast to the New State Capital. And full of history.

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