President Lincoln's Cottage, Washington DC

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Immerse yourself in American history at President Lincoln's Cottage, where Abraham Lincoln lived with his family at the height of the Civil War and where he drafted the Emancipation Proclamation. Admission is by guided tour only and includes five rooms of the Gothic revival-style building. The cottage itself is sparsely furnished, but information provided by docents about Lincoln's ideas, presidency, and private life makes it easy to imagine the iconic leader in these surroundings. Historical prints, photographs, and artifacts help to fill in the blanks. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended, especially if you plan to visit on a weekend. Photography is not permitted inside the cottage or visitor center. Put President Lincoln's Cottage into our Washington DC family vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Washington DC.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Ever since President Lincoln's Cottage opened to the public in 2008, I have wanted to visit. I've read the directions about where to get off the Metro and what Metrobus to take a million times. If I h...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    If you seen DC a hundred times, you likely still haven't been to Lincoln's Summer Cottage. About 3 mi from downtown (Green line on metro with a pleasant .9 mi walk to the site). Only offers timed guid...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    If you like history this place is pretty cool. I wondered why I had never been or known about it but its only been open since 2008. Walk in Abe's footsteps, view out his bedroom window where he drafte...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    This is a fairly costly tour for what you get, $15 for adults and $5 for children 6+.The inside of Lincoln's Cottage contains no artifacts, has not been remodeled in anyway to match a Civil War era home, and there was no air-conditioning in the house. I'm really not sure where all of the money is going when you pay for tours at Lincoln's Cottage. All that we got was a Civil War lecture from the tour guide. He barely touched on how the Lincoln's lived in the house, and didn't even mention other presidents who also used the home as a summer retreat. Also, the tour we received today was decidedly NOT KID-FRIENDLY. We are a family with 4 children, and the lecturer (not tour-guide, because as I said previously, there was really nothing to see on the tour) did not engage the children in any way. In fact, he impatiently asked us to leave at one point since one of the children started to slightly fuss. If a tour is going to charge money for kids, there needs to be some form of engagement, or children will get restless and disruptive. Cerebral, college-level questions are completely inappropriate for an audience with children.
  • April 10, 2017
    Great place to visit. Off the beaten path for tourist sites. This is a good place to come for 1-2 hours with the family to see Lincoln's cottage.
  • November 17, 2016
    There is not much to see as none of the original furnishings of Lincolns time are there but the guides do provide good insights to the life of Lincoln. Good if you want the history lesson. Not so good if you want to see a fully restored Cottage. Note you need to go on a tour to visit.
  • January 2, 2017
    The tour was fun and informative. I learned a lot and greatly enjoyed it. However, it was a bit pricey.
  • October 5, 2016
    A surprising interesting and fun place to learn about Abraham Lincoln, the man. You get an intimate glimpse into the life of our 16th President. My tour was small, informative, and light hearted. A must see for anyone who is a fan of President Abraham Lincoln.

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