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Old State Capitol, Springfield

Old State Capitol provides a look the architecture and design of Illinois' most important state building from 1839 to 1876, a period during which Abraham Lincoln was a frequent visitor. It was here that Lincoln gave his famous "House Divided" speech, declared his candidacy for Senate, and laid in state before his funeral. Watch a video detailing the restored Greek Revival building’s history before embarking on an interpreter-led tour of government offices, libraries, the Supreme courtroom, and legislative chambers. Take a stroll around the gardens surrounding the building and see the nearby fountain. Tours are free. By using our Springfield holiday planner, you can arrange your visit to Old State Capitol and other attractions in Springfield.
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  • Troy was our guide and he was super knowledgeable and helpful. We were lucky to visit here right after in reopened. This site is important to Lincoln history and worth the stop.  more »
  • I visited here several years ago and returned with my wife. While we did not get to go inside the historic markers around the grounds are worth the walk. To visit inside and see it much the same as...  more »
  • This was an interesting visit. The building itself was something to look at. We were able to talk to some staff members and they shared some great information.  more »
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  • 5☆ from a historical perspective, it's amazing what they have done to preserve Lincoln's memory; his home, office, town and original State Capitol. The town of Springfield it's another matter, although it's easy to access and has some great restaurants, it's seems to be surrounded by poverty and homes in need of repair. I can't understand why legislators haven't been able to attract more industry and help build the local economy.
  • I've been to several states Capitol buildings. This one is nice. You can walk around at your own pace. Lots of cool historical things to see. I liked seeing all the heaters to remind us of what it was like to live and work without central heat and air conditioning.
  • Really enjoyed looking around. We went on a Monday when it was slower and was able to have someone take us around and tell us about each room and answer all our questions. They have a suggested donation but do not require you to pay to enter. Was interesting to learn how the capital came to Springfield.
  • Great knowledgeable staff is very helpful. Interesting history with well presented tours. FREE! They ask for donations, and it is worth it! Good displays, very thorough. The only original part of the building is the outer wall stonework. Everything else is reconstruction, but beautifully done.
  • Wonderful historical tour. Obama announced his bid for president on the steps where Lincoln served in the Illinois house. So wonderful a visit, donation only.

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