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“Amazing Must See Step Back in History!”

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Ranked #1 of 63 things to do in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

This museum is very cool. I took my 10 year old and she loved it. There are 2 "films" to see which are awesome with crowd effects --- for example your seats shake from the cannon fire. There is a white house to go in, Abe's cabin, a play area for the kids, and collections to view, such as guns and jewelry. Loved it. Every American should see this.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

This past week we took some of our grandchildren 8, 10 & 12 to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, IL. Although we had only heard good things about it, we weren't sure if the kids would view it as a school project and perhaps drag their feet about going. What a surprise how much we ALL enjoyed all aspects of it! The kids spent a fair amount of time in the big open area where there are quite a few life-size replicas of most members of the Lincoln family as well as generals, John Wilkes-Boothe and others. Our 8 year old granddaughter really looked them over time and again. In one of our pics, she is holding Mary Todd Lincoln's hand...very sweet!!! One of the museum volunteers reached into his pocket and pulled out some pennies. He showed the kids that Lincoln appears on the front side and that there are different backsides. He gave each a different version of the penny. You would have thought they were little gold nuggets!!! The kids have gotten those out, looked at and compared them many times and made certain they didn't get spent. There were many exhibits to walk thru and films to watch. All held the attention of the kids and prompted discussion afterward. Our gang also took a clipboard upon entering the museum and looked to answer questions on various topics as we toured. Although they were a bit slow to begin taking the 1st look at the project, once they started, it was a race to finish. My daughter also found a scavenger hunt sheet for museum facts and sent that along with me. Although they didn't finish this, it prompted a lot of extra attention paid to things as we went through and they each competed to see who could find facts first!!!

As we entered the museum, my husband took care of the tickets while the kids made a pass thru the gift shop. This was also the last stop after we finished the museum (as we told them there was no spending money there until we finished). What a difference in what we saw the 3 kids paying attention to at the end vs what caught their eye before going thru the museum. They definitely gravitated to items which had history as their main point. They all obviously took in a lot of what they had seen and heard.

All-in-all, they loved the day and even wanted to tour the Lincoln home which is just a 5 1/2 block walk from the museum. My husband had planned on a couple of hours start-to-finish, but it took more like 4 hours with no complaining whatsoever and even evidence of enthusiasm! It was nice to see these kids unplugged from their high-tech gadgets and really open to exploring and learning history. In fact, since a couple of the kids are from Pittsburgh, they are looking forward to exploring more historical sites there.

The museum is really well done, interactive and has wide appeal to most ages (we didn't see any babies or toddlers). But our mix of ages 8-69 was perfect, interesting, attention grabbing, and altogether extremely well done. It's a real Springfield treasure!!!

3  Thank Love to Travel M
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

I've been to lots of museums, this is by far the best. Actors portraying various characters from Lincoln's time stroll through the museum interacting with the visitors. Each area is so well done, we didn't want to leave. There was the log cabin of course, the cabinet room and the White House kitchen, and the Ford Theatre. Each exhibit is perfect to every detail. Can't praise it enough. Would definitely return.

1  Thank ValleyJet
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We had a great time the the museum. The exhibits and information were well presented, and we came away knowing a great deal more about the American civil war.

Bright, open, friendly, and with a decent gift shop.

1  Thank RichardTinman
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Definitely an over-the-top homage to President Lincoln, this museum lavishly hits the highlights of his life, from an overdecorated reproduction of his childhood log cabin, to a ghoulish recreation of his son's deathbed scene, and Lincoln's own coffin laying in state. Its sure to delight Lincoln fans, but not photographers, since photography is not permitted anywhere but in the marble entry area.

The entry doors are somewhat small, so people with strollers and wheelchairs will have problems getting in and out; and on-street signage is absent, along with a proper GPS useable address on their website. Just punch in: 212 South 6th Street, Springfield IL 62701, and look for the "Subway" sign out front.

2  Thank John H
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