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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
217-785-7960
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Ranked #6 of 30 Attractions in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek Revival masterpiece saw...
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Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Galway, Ireland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Very good volunteers give guided tours. The Old State House is very well reconstructed and gives a good indication of how it was at the time of the Civil War.

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

There's not much to say about the Old State Capitol except that it hardly seems possible that Illinois' entire state government once fit within its confined walls! It's free, too, and well maintained, and makes it a worthwhile stop walking back from the Lincoln Library.

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I loved looking around and the volunteers were very nice and helpful! Not too busy, so I had plenty of time at each exhibit without feeling rushed.

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ORD
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7 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Mrs & I had no plans to see the old capitol but just happened to be walking by it so went in. Very much enjoyed the experience. There were not any tours that we were made aware of but the agents walking around were happy to answer questions.

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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Very moving and loved the opportunity to see where so much history had taken place. Loved the knowledge that this is where Abe Lincoln was so involved in the history of Illinois and America.

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Westerville, Ohio
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18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

We got lots of history from a sweet lady dressed in character. Plenty of people to help with questions and give background information. Learned a lot. Everything here can be seen in about 20 minutes. FREE!!

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Schererville, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I was sort of amazed at how small the state capitol used to be. Maybe Illinois wouldn't be in such terrible financial condition if it were still that small. We didn't take a tour we just walked through and took pictures. Maybe it was just us being tired at the end of a long day but I really didn't get... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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35 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Visit the place where Lincoln practiced law. On the steps of this building is where Lincoln announced h is candidacy as well as B Obama. Within walking distance of many other sites. Near many downtown restaurants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Wonderful stop. We did the self-guided tour and the interpretive signs were very informative. The staff member was very helpful in making sure we saw the Representative chamber upstairs where Lincoln laid in state after his funeral and also gave his "house divided" speech. It was a great tour!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It was really cool to see how our government did business in the past and to see how they got things done. Its a very nice building with great staff.

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