President Lincoln's Cottage, Washington DC

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. To visit President Lincoln's Cottage on your holiday in Washington DC, and find out what else Washington DC has to offer, use our Washington DC online trip builder .
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  • Most visitors will spend their time at the usual spots and attractions in the District. Lincoln's Cottage is a little off the beaten path, but very worthwhile. We wanted to learn more about Lincoln's ...  more »
  • I didn’t realize this summer home was in DC. It was a wonderful, interesting visit to this historic place. The small tour is excellent, led by a historian with a sense of humor. If you like history, t...  more »
  • Just when you think you’ve been to most of the museums in the DC area, a new one pops up. Opened in 2008, I had not heard about President Lincoln’s Cottage on the grounds of the “Old Soldiers Home” on...  more »
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  • This is truly a piece of American history. This is were Lincoln spent approximately 25% symbol of his time while he was president. Spent a great deal of time here during the summer months. This is where he wrote the main piece of the Emancipation Proclamation. The one hour tour begins with a brief orientation followed by a tour of the actual cottage where Oncoln lived. . It is pretty impressive to walk up the stairs and put your hand on the railing where Lincoln did the exact same thing. If you come here on the metro, it was a very nice .9 miles walk from the closest Metro station, which is on the green/yellow line.
  • Lincon was a cool guy. Tour was really good. Wish there was more furniture in the house. Looked a little space in some of the rooms.
  • 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.
  • The cottage itself is kind of sparse but the setting and the tour guides do an amazing job of giving you a glimpse of what it was like to be President Lincoln in that terrible time. Our guide was so knowledgeable he was amazing.
  • A serene, hidden gem in busy DC, this great museum is beautiful, powerful, and inspirational. The tour of the cottage is a must

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