President Lincoln's Cottage, Washington DC

Historic Site · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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.
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  • We went here right before the pandemic hit. This was a great historical place and I highly recommend it. The tour guides definitely make the tours worth it. They tell the story with a lot of passion.....  more »
  • Love this place and how they've gotten very high tech for modern audiences/visitors. Little known place in DC that is rather charming and historically fascinating....to literally walk the steps...  more »
  • I will start by saying the GPS brings you to the wrong gate. Once you arrive - it is situated on the Armed Forces Retirement Home property - you have to check in with a guard before going to the...  more »
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  • One historical landmark more DC locals should appreciate and take advantage of is President Lincoln's cottage. I experience nice educational trips for the kids and myself here. There is so much to see of some beautiful DC historical sights that make me proud of being a Washingtonian. They have a really nice gift shop and their staff are extremely friendly and accommodating. A staff member in their gift shop by the name of Lacey was very pleasant and hospitable to me and my family. They have many family oriented events here as well. I look forward to spending more time here throughout the seasons.
  • Guided tour through the mansion is slightly disappointing: half of the tour shares stories from Lincoln's stay in the cottage, but the other half was mostly to interact and ask opinions. It would have been interesting to learn more about actual period informational (was of living for instance). Tour on Sunday morning didn't sell out: can buy on site. Worth arriving at least 30 minutes before tour to read through the galleries. No cafe/bistro on site (a pod cafe machine available only, no sitting area) Large parking lot, free, and kids playground onsite.
  • This was a really interesting tour. There was a focus on the implications of Lincoln's time there as well as the emotions he went through as a president and as a human being, rather than just facts and history about the location. Kevin was a GREAT tour guide. He was interactive without being pushy, so it's a fun tour for those who like to speak up and those who don't! Definitely recommend.
  • I’ve been here a number of times to set up wedding flowers so I only know this location as a wedding venue, and it’s a great one at that. The location is easily accessible, the staff are helpful, and the grounds are perfectly laid out for a wedding. Definitely a good option to consider for weddings in the DMV!
  • Beautiful ground! Definitely worth seeing. Guides are very knowledgeable and have a lot of great stories to tell. It is amazing how big this place is in the middle of DC. Feels like you are in a totally different place

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