Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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In a stunning combination of scholarship and showmanship, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum immerses you in Lincoln's world and time. Journey from a rustic Indiana cabin to the Executive Mansion in the nation's capitol; follow the fate of America's 16th president and share the joys and sorrows of a family - and a nation. (Please be advised, while the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is open 7 days a week, the Presidential Library is only open on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.)
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CarpeDiem0212
Cypress Gardens, FL229 contributions
Aug 2021
My wife and I recently went to the Abraham Lincoln Museum and Library. We took advantage of the free parking offered by the museum and walked across the street to the museum. The museum was very good. We toured every area and learned much about the man, his family, career and what he accomplished as President. We especially liked the Journey 1 – Pre-Presidential Years and Journey 2 – The White House Years. These areas were very informative and educational. We also enjoyed the Union Theatre video – Lincoln’s Eyes and the Ghosts of the Library. It was all very good and well done.

The library was open but we were not allowed to view anything unless we had special authorization which we did not have. It would have been nice if they had a display of some of their many Lincoln documents, photographs, and artifacts that they have stored there.

Overall, it was a great educational experience. We highly recommend touring the museum first to learn more about this incredible President and then go to his home which is operated by the National Park Service. The museum sets the stage to learn even more about this amazing President at his Home.
Written September 9, 2021
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So glad you enjoyed your visit. Come again soon, as we now have an exhibit in our Library.
Written October 6, 2021
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WorldwideTee
Mobile, AL278 contributions
Aug 2021
I visited the Lincoln Museum on August 13, 2021 on a last minute trip through Springfield. It was on a Friday and the museum offered 1/2 price entrance tickets. I really enjoyed the White House Years portion of the museum. Very happy I got to visit this place !!
Written September 5, 2021
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So glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for taking the time to review.
Written October 6, 2021
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Trish W
McMurray, PA917 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is a fine tribute to a wonderful President who fought long and hard to convince people that human beings should be free and that they are not property. The films are extremely well done and should be watched first, and then tour the museum, beginning with Abe's childhood home. It takes at least two hours to read and absorb all of the memorabilia and the story of Lincoln from his log cabin in Kentucky to Springfield, to the White House. This is a must for all school children and anyone visiting the Springfield area of Illinois. Parking is free in the garage, and tickets are $12-15.
Written October 4, 2021
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Thank you for all your comments. So are so glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written October 6, 2021
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TheTravelingBoyMama
54 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
We enjoyed the museum, but would have loved to have seen more original artifacts connected to Lincoln’s life and less scenes with dioramas and rubber figures. The kids lost interest in several of the areas due to the large amount of reading required.

There was one smaller room with about a dozen or so cases of real artifacts from Lincoln’s life and death. This was our favorite part of the museum.

Some of the areas were dark, and some of the background noises that were intended to demonstrate the chaos of the time became an annoying distraction. As a result, we rushed through these areas since it was hard to concentrate on the exhibits.

We went on a Monday when the museum was supposed to be less busy, but it was still crowded. We found ourselves being herded like cattle from one thing to the next, without much opportunity to really read about an attraction or enjoy it. People were either moving very slowly in front of us, or very impatiently behind us. An employee reprimanded me for trying to go back to look at an item in a case that was literally two steps backwards! I couldn’t see it the first time because someone cut in front of us, and we never did get a chance to go back and see it. I feel like if I paid a good amount of money to enter the museum, I should be allowed to go back two steps and look at an item I missed. The only really friendly employees we encountered were the ones who greeted us as we came in, and the lady outside the White House.

I do feel like the museum did a good job of representing Lincoln as a real person with real life every day struggles, and we did learn some new facts about his life.

It’s definitely a museum that is one and done for us. I’m thankful for the experience, but I wouldn’t drive the 4 hours it took us to get there again just to go back.

The library was a bit of a disappointment. You must be a researcher to even see their vast collection of Lincoln documents. I understand it’s important to protect these valuable pieces of history, but it seems like the library could hire someone to create exhibits of these documents and give tours teaching about them. It was the first Presidential Library our family had ever visited, and we found it disappointing.

The security guards at the library were very friendly and knowledgeable and directed us to areas that we could publicly see. We were so thankful for that.

Overall, it’s not a bad museum to experience once. You gain new knowledge about Lincoln’s life and struggles. Skip the library if you’re not a researcher with an appointment.
Written June 29, 2022
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EugeC
San Diego, CA253 contributions
Jun 2022
This is probably the best Presidential museum!
Visitors of all ages will find their curiosity about President Lincoln and his family sparked by the diverse exhibits, dioramas, artifacts, holographic shows, and more.

The museum excels in presenting some of the debates/decisions that Lincoln and the nation faced, without drowning visitors in too many details, etc. It also presents the human aspects of the legendary Lincoln and his family.

Well worth several hours.
Written June 18, 2022
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BeemMeUp
Peoria, IL59 contributions
Apr 2022
This is a terrific Museum! It does a wonderful job of presenting Lincoln's life story, from his youth through his presidency and assassination. Interesting and creative exhibits, photos, documents, life size and realistic human figures, and two relatively short but excellent movies. Also, friendly and helpful docents. When you have finished visiting the Museum (allow yourself a good couple of hours), walk across the street to the Library where (at least right now) you can view a small collection of original documents as well as the desk on which Lincoln wrote his first Inaugural Address.

We'd never heard of this Museum until we decided to stop over in Springfield on a road trip, and found out about it on a Google search of things to do in the city. We are SO glad we visited!
Written April 14, 2022
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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! We are really proud of our multimedia exhibits. Hope to see you again soon.
Written April 25, 2022
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Jaclyn B
2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Great! Free parking at the parking garage across the street from the museum. The security staff was really friendly checking our bags. The staff was wonderful guiding us and telling us about the museum. We only paid for our son and the rest of us got in free. For the month of June 2021 you can get in free by showing you vaccine card. You just need a picture of your vaccine card. We spent 2 hours here. Our tween and teen liked the movies but didn’t seem interested in the rest of museum. Overall we had a good time.
Written June 7, 2021
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Thank you for the rating and we are glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written June 17, 2021
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hsbvim
Dublin, OH1,194 contributions
May 2021
We had a wonderfully informative time at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Entrance was free for us as they are currently offering free entry for persons vaccinated for COVID-19.

There were very few people at the museum at the time we went (Monday morning), so we were able to see both holographic presentations, tour all exhibits, and still be out in time for lunch.

For anyone at all interested in US history, this is a must see exhibit. We found many of the exhibits to be absolutely fascinating. We were astonished to learn that Lincoln's funeral train traveled almost 1700 miles and traveled through 180 cities!
Written May 28, 2021
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Thank you for your comments. We are so glad you had an enjoyable and educational experience.
Written June 3, 2021
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Sarah
Port Orchard, WA555 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Our family (with an eleven year old and thirteen year old) thoroughly enjoyed it. We took about 3 hours to tour the museum, reading a lot, but not everything, plus a little extra time for the gift store. It was entertaining and educational. They have a “Be a History Detective for the day” worksheet that was fun.
Written March 22, 2022
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Great to hear that you enjoyed our museum and the history detective hunt. Our exhibits give us the opportunity to provide a unique way to learn about the Lincoln story.
Written April 4, 2022
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TravelingBubba
New Braunfels, TX211 contributions
Apr 2021
A truly outstanding museum with state of the art displays and performances. This museum has a combination of wax figures, building and room mockups, historical tableaus and an absolutely fantastic performance of combined live performers and holograms. The history traces both Lincoln's life, but focuses on his time as president. Definitely visit if you are any were near Springfield.
Written October 15, 2021
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Thank you for your comments and rating. We are really proud of our multimedia exhibits.
Written November 4, 2021
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