Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield

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History Museum · Historic Site
See Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the house where Abraham Lincoln and his family lived before moving to the White House. You can take a guided tour to learn what their life was like and see treasures like Lincoln's small corner desk. To get a better sense of his life and work, watch the site's film. Stroll down the street to see exhibits such as "If These Walls Could Talk" and "What a Pleasant Home Abe Lincoln Has." With our international travel planner, Springfield attractions like Lincoln Home National Historic Site can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The tour was very informative. Our tour guide did an excellent job. The tours are 30 minutes long and run every hour. Because of Covid, they limited the group to 15. It probably should have been...  more »
  • We had a great afternoon touring Lincoln's home and the neighborhood around his house that have also been restored. Our guide gave a (free) tour of the house and grounds and Lincoln's life. Very...  more »
  • Very informative (and fun) docent from the NPS lead the tour. Lots of great history packed into a small place!  more »
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  • This is a wonderful example of the commitment of the National Park Service to preserve national historic sites. This Historical Site includes not only Lincoln's Springfield Home (with free tours all day!) but the entire 2 block radius around his home. You can tour 2 other homes and walk the streets. There is a free audio guide via your cell phone and a wonderful visitor center showing 2 movies about Abraham Lincoln and his time in Springfield. My girls immediately picked up Junior Ranger books and completed the activities. There are great covered picnic tables. Parking is $2/hour. We stayed 3 hours. Note: if you are interested in Lincoln's time in office in Washington, you will NOT get that here. This site focuses in Lincoln's time in Springfield. Most tours/movies/audio guides end as Lincoln leaves Springfield on a train.
  • Very well restored. The woman who was our tour guide said she'd been studying about Mary Lincoln and would give us a "different" tour then the usual. It focused on Mary Lincoln. Her role as a support to her husband and as a keeper of the house. It was a wonderful point of view that was not expressed at any of the other places we visited. So it was not a repeat of other information we received. I commend her and recommend this tour.
  • This place was so adorable and our tour guide was the best. She was excited to see us and loved her job. Very clean and you can't touch anything but you get real close. The your group is about 15 people. The entire neighborhood is cute. You get to enter a few other houses but not all.
  • I've been on this tour twice. Once with my sister and my father who was in a wheelchair. So yes it is handicap accessible. The next time I was there with my sister niece and my other sister who was in a wheelchair. It is a very nice place. Elegant yet simple. Interesting to see where the Lincoln's lived and raised their boys before going to the White House. I love the wooden sidewalks in this area. But I have the idea that things were going on in other homes in this historic district that we really had no idea of and were much more technologically enabled then what they looked like from the outside.
  • We went on a Thursday--got a 9:45am showing and tour. We were the only ones on it! It was amazing. Completely free. I did do meter parking down the road, no need...there is parking right next to location. We had "Ranger John Wells" as our tour guide. He made the whole experience. How he told us stories, to how he taught us things, showed us things, he really painted a picture for us, of these old stories. Awesome work John, my niece and boyfriend had an amazing time. The last time I went here, they did not have the tours. I think it is a lot better and a way better touch. If you have time for a tour, I highly suggest asking for Ranger John Wells!!! He is AMAZING!

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