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Address: 410 E Jackson St, Springfield, IL 62701-1799
Phone Number: 217-782-2525
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Historic Governor's mansion.

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Our guide made the tour!

You can't bring in backpacks or purses, only an ID. No pictures are allowed inside. The guide, Jennifer, was only on her 6th tour and a delight. She was excited about her... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Grammanator
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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a lover of Springfield, this is a very difficult review to write. I'll start with the ONLY things good. From the outside, it is beautiful with lush gardens. The guide (forgot his name) was very kind and apologetic. The tour was technically free, although the ONLY reason I extended my hotel stay was so I could get in on... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thad our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. The house was pretty lovely considering how old it is. It was an easy enter easy exit, dont forget to bring your ID with you. No purses or bags so leave them in the car, also no photography inside but the courtyard is fine. Stop by the koi fountain and give... More 

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Thank Carl G
Springfield
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6 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The building needs major work which has been put off for years due to inadequate state budgets and lack of funds for repair. As an Illinois resident and a local one at that, this is embarrassing for the state.

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Thank David F
Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can't bring in backpacks or purses, only an ID. No pictures are allowed inside. The guide, Jennifer, was only on her 6th tour and a delight. She was excited about her information and it showed. The mansion is now 47,000 sq feet. That is double because one of the governors had 6 kids and no place to put them.... More 

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Thank Grammanator
Decatur, Illinois
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62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

You have to be there right at the top of the hour or half hour. You will stand outside until someone comes to get you. It is free. The rooms are worth seeing, but they do not allow photography. Plus there didn't seem to be anyplace to buy a brochure on what you saw -- no pictures anyplace.

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Thank janrteach20
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Don't miss this free tour of the Governor's mansion. The docent-lead tour is so informative. You are permitted to take all the photos you want of the outside. None inside. There is so much history to experience. Allow an hour. You won't regret this tour!

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Thank MarshaW51
Davenport, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

We took a tour of the mansion and found it fun and entertaining. The tour guide was friendly and helpful. We went on a tour with a school group and everyone appeared to enjoy the experience.

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Thank Erie Deneal J
San Diego, California
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

Because it was January and a foot of snow on the ground, I was the only tourist to go inside. It was amazing and so much history. I wish I could have taken picture, they were not allowed. Some of the rooms in the Mansion were under construction so I was not able to see them, that was disappointing. They... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We rode with the Governor down old Rt66 he had about 300 of his closest biker friends over for a BBQ. The food was great, had a band there that was out standing. ( Out standing in the street ) The Governor closed the street for the afternoon, and we had a great time. toured the gardens, and went into... More 

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Thank Paul A
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29 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

The mansion is the third longest residence of a governor in the United States. The house was constructed between 1853-55 and has been lived in since. The house is currently undergoing major works and it is much needed repairs. Once the restoration is complete it will be a much better historic house and museum.

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