As many have said, it is not like Springfield, IL just happens upon you. This is a destination and I decided to plan my business trips to come through this city, as it has been a place I've wanted to go to since I was ten years old.
The museum is new and has the latest in gizmos to keep even the casual museum goer interested. The two multimedia shows are the strongest I've ever seen. These are no movies....they are the latest in holgographic and interactive storytelling and no one will be disappointed. I watched to see how little kids were observing these historic biographics and they were riveted--no small tasks for the little ones. Very, very impressive.
The other part of the museum kind of takes place in a clockwise walk around the perimeter of the building starting wtih Lincoln's log cabin all the way through to his casket lying in state at the old Capitol. While it was very intersting and comprehensive, I felt it was a bit kitchy with many dioramas displaying key points. These figures were quite lifelike but after a while I felt it was "ho-hum."
I just didn't think there were enough authentic artifacts and I wanted to see his clothes, his kids' clothes or many more somethings "actually worn or touched" by him or the family.
They did have an original Gettysburg address and other writings, but these rooms were so dimly lit that I had a hard time reading them. I know it's to preserve them, but i'm just sayin'.
I'm still glad I went--but I will give Ford's Theatre and the Peterson House the edge in all things Lincoln. When you hit the museum at Ford's you actually see the clothing Lincoln was wearing when he was killed...the gun used to kill him...you get the picture. Authentic, raw, etc.
This is stil worth checking out--and give yourself three hours in the building...
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