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“A treasure” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum

Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Harrogate
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is a department of Lincoln Memorial University and one of the largest Lincoln and related Civil War collections in the country. It is a mixture of history and art collections that focus on Abraham Lincoln and his over 150 year legacy. Several galleries rotate during the winter months. Weekday hours are 10 to 5; Saturday's noon to 5 and most Sundays 1 to 5. We close during the school year with schools academic calendar. Please see our web page or Facebook for updated information. The Museum is open seven days a week from March through November and only closes Sundays during the winter.
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

If you would have told me I could find a museum like this in Harrogate, TN I'd have thought you were crazy. This museum houses a fine collection of Lincoln memorabilia as well as civil war artifacts. On the grounds of Lincoln Memorial University, the museum hosts many school groups and allows university students majoring in history to study there.

Visited October 2013
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Cleveland, Ohio
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fascinating and great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

We spent longer than expected at the museum as it was so interesting and well-presented. There were numerous Lincoln artefacts and exhibits which really helped us to understand how Lincoln lived and became President. Great value for such an interesting place. The civil war exhibit was very good, a little gruesome in places, but well worth seeing.

Visited September 2013
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Zionville, North Carolina
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Nice Sidetrip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

If you've never been to Harrogate, TN before, the last thing that you might expect to find is a museum dedicated to Abraham Lincoln. Yet, right there on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University is one.

The museum is easy to find. It's just off the highway. All you need to do is look for the big picture of Lincoln on the building. There is free parking beside the museum as well.

There is an admission fee for the museum, but with they do have a Show Your Card and Save discount from AAA. With this, our family of five paid a little more than ten dollars.

The museum is very well kept. Nice and clean as well as the restroom facilities. I was a little worried that our younger boys might get a little bored with the museum since there were a lot of pictures and reading about the displays. I was certainly wrong. A lot of interpretation was done through dioramas, and the kids loved these. Also, the museum now also has a couple of hands on areas where the kids can dress up or play games from the Civil War area.

As an adult, I was really captivated by the wealth of history that the museum has. The highlight is Lincoln's walking stick that he had on the night of his assassination at Ford's Theatre.

The upstairs had displays about medicine during the Civil War. There were some rather gruesome pictures in this area. Had I know this ahead of time, I would've steered my younger boys away sooner. They just were not appropriate for younger kids.

Our tour lasted about 45 minutes- self guided. Pictures are permitted without a flash. There is a small gift shop at the front as well.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by our stop here. I hope we can go again some time.

Visited June 2013
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Abingdon, Virginia
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Good find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

Just driving through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel and happened across this wonderful museum, sure glad we stopped. Fascinating collection and interestingly displayed. A real surprise, wish it were more well known. Will have to make more time and stop in again when traveling through the area. Lovely building too.

Visited May 2013
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Big Creek, Kentucky
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“Well worth the price, other activities year round”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

We have been to the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum several times over the past 3 years or so. Our daughter is fascinated with Lincoln and loves to go there. It's not the all-encompassing, gigantic museum you would expect to find in Western Kentucky or in Springfield. However, it does have a many artifacts and information to keep you occupied.

The downstairs area is a pretty settled exhibit area that usually contains the same things in it, such as a bed that Lincoln slept in, a hutch built by his father, and china from the White House. It also houses several 3-D diaramas of events in Lincoln's life (such as he early years on the Mississippi) and statues of Lincoln.

The upstairs area is a revolving exhibit area that often has themes that change from time to time. Two of the ones we have seen were Weapons in the Civil War and one on Films featuring/about Lincoln's life. Both were really nice and had artifacts donated to the museum.

It takes about an hour or so to go through this museum, even with small-ish kids who want to see things. It's well worth the price that you pay to go through it. The University/Museum also has many different events through the year on different topics relating to Lincoln. We took our oldest to their Christmas with the Lincolns event last year and she loved it.

Visited December 2012
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