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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

Address: 5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
Phone Number: 217-785-7960
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Ranked #6 of 33 Attractions in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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, Sights & Landmarks
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This was a highlight for us. This is a well preserved building and an example of how important government thinks it is.

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MORENO VALLEY
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190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Only saw this from the outside, but I'm told they do give tours at times. Nice busy area downtown with lots of pubs.

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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133 reviews 133 reviews
74 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Touring this is free and on your own. There is not a lot to see, it is a fairly small Capitol (that's why they moved). Half hour can cover it pretty well.

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Peru, Illinois
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53 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I had parked in the underground deck nearby to visit the Lincoln museum and ended up coming out by this building so I decided to go in. A tour had just started so the gentleman at the door let me join it. The woman doing the tour was very knowledgeable and it was more thorough then I expected. It was... More 

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Plainview, Illinois
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28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Old State Capitol is a must see if you are a history buff. It is free and they have guided tours or you can roam around on your own. They have excellent guides ~ Chuck is my personal favorite, but all are good at sharing the history in every room of the building.

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O'Fallon, Illinois
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

The old State Capitol is well worth a visit. It is loaded with history from the days of Abraham Lincoln. He made his famous House Divided speech here. His body was brought here from Washington DC before he was laid to rest. Your trip to Springfield is not complete unless you visit the old State Capitol.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I've walked by this building quite a few times, but never went in. It is a gem. Much more interesting then the Lincoln House. You see where Lincoln legislated and gave his "House Divided" speech. I did pot know that he ran his 1860 campaign from the old Governor's office which is also located here. Finally this is where folks... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

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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