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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Great things happened here: feel the history

The vintage red-domed building surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds was our old state... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
cg37
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chicago
Rely on the helpful docents for the best experience

The capitol building needs some spiffing up -- replace a few cracked windows, apply a new coat of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dan M
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The vintage red-domed building surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds was our old state capitol. Now it's open to visitors who want to just come in and tiptoe around (because it's a tiptoe around kind of place) or take an informative tour of this surprisingly inspiring...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The capitol building needs some spiffing up -- replace a few cracked windows, apply a new coat of paint, scrape the peeling paint in the dome, etc. Illinois' budget deficits keep this historically significant building in need of TLC. But the dedicated volunteer docents can...More

Thank Dan M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a building with so much history. The docent was knowledgeable and friendly. Abraham Lincoln practiced law here for over 20 years.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Whenever possible we try to check out state capitol buildings when traveling through the US on our road trips. So since Springfield was on our way to Chicago we couldn't pass up the opportunity to get off the highway and do a little foray into...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The old state capitol has been preserved to perfection. We felt like we were living in the past. Guides were friendly and offered interesting information without being prompted.

Thank Jill B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The staff gave a quick run down of the rooms and various historical significance and then you can explore on your own. Donations are recommended. I believe there are tours available for groups.

Thank Tonya V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

and I'm in, this was great to be where Lincoln worked. Self guided tour, if you are a Lincoln fan this is not to be missed.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Just seeing the outside of the building is worth it. Docents encourage you tag along with other groups. Free. Donations requested

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Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

Nice building and grounds of the original Illinois state capital. My favorite part was seeing the old glass in the windows.

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Reviewed May 9, 2018

A self guided tour is just fine, but there are also scheduled tours. The photographic opportunities alone are well worth the trip. Within walking distance of tons of great sites and restaurants downtown! A must see!

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Mandy H
March 19, 2017|
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Response from Kathy B | Reviewed this property |
I believe they do. You will have to go up a set of stairs to get into the building. Once in, there is an elevator to the second floor.
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Marvin S
August 8, 2016|
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Response from hippoguy | Reviewed this property |
a block and a half from there is the Lincoln Presidential Library. That is where those things happen more often.On Saturdays by the old state capital they have a Lincoln look alike walking around outside there. Check with... More
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Marvin S
August 8, 2016|
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Response from Trish F | Reviewed this property |
No. Sorry. Try the Visitors Centre at the Lincoln home.
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