Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield

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Pay tribute to one of the nation’s most iconic leaders at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. One of the most-visited presidential libraries in the country, the museum features an extensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia documenting the life and political career of the 16th U.S. president, as well as the events of the American Civil War. Venture through the “Pre-Presidential Years” exhibit to tour a life-size replica of Lincoln’s childhood home, then head to the “Presidential Years” section to view an original handwritten Gettysburg Address and signed Emancipation Proclamation. Don’t miss a visit to the life-size diorama of the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre, the site of Lincoln’s 1865 assassination. Make Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library part of your personalized Springfield itinerary using our Springfield travel route planner .
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  • This museum is amazing. My 5 year old nephew loved it! There are interactive activities for the children as well as interesting historical information for adults. The movies shown at the facility are ...  more »
  • A Must-See location when visiting Central Illinois. High-class, top of the line museum and displays. Educational and interesting. Interactive displays. Robotic figures that are very realistic. The bes...  more »
  • The central room in the museum features lifelike dioramas, including Lincoln as a boy outside a log cabin and an adult Lincoln and his family standing in front of the White House. There are also theat...  more »
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  • It was absolutely amazing. Great setup and friendly staff. If you plan on visiting Springfield and have never been, add this to your things to do.
  • I love it so much! I love the good history. Makes learning so much fun!
  • A powerful experience. Very well done. I think I learned more in this visit than I did back in school. Baseball fans: be sure to visit the Illinois gallery for a lot of Cubs/Cards history, too.
  • This place is awesome & amazing! It will take at least 3 hours to go through the whole thing. Not only do they have amazingly detailed replicas and recreated moments of history, but they also have two really cool movies; one is holographic, and the other has an interactive quality to it.
  • As much as I liked the museum, the walking areas as you go through the exhibits are a bit tight with an average crowd occupancy. Overall it is worth the effort to visit the museum. I was a bit surprised at how some of the exhibits portrayed white people as evil rather than just present facts.

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In Springfield, you have two primary options: downtown and the commercial district in the southeast part of town near the highway. Downtown offers a handful of charming inns and bed and breakfasts, plus a few locally owned hotels in a neighborhood of historical buildings that contains numerous Lincoln-related sites. The national chain hotels to the southeast near the highway cater to travelers; they offer clean and comfortable rooms at competitive prices.
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