The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum are located in the Illinois capital of Springfield. Both the Lincoln Museum and Lincoln Library, as their names suggest, are dedicated to the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library evolved from the Illinois State Historical Library, founded in 1889. It opened on October 14, 2004. The Abraham Lincoln Museum opened shortly thereafter on April 19, 2005.
It is referred to as the Lincoln Museum, until 1970 the Ford Theater in Washington DC was also called the Lincoln Museum.
The library and the Lincoln Museum are operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is owned by the US state of Illinois.
The world’s largest collection on former President Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War can be found when you visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. But also more than twelve million manuscripts, books and objects on the history of Illinois can be found here.
Many families, historians and scientists use the Presidential Library to conduct genealogical research. The library is freely accessible to the public with the Steve Neal Reading Room.
In the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, the history of the nation with all 16 Presidents of the USA is told in detail and the course of the American Civil War is presented. There are interactive displays and multimedia programs. There is also a faithful reproduction of the White House as it looked when Lincoln was in office in 1861.
Since the beginning of 2014 there has been an extra exhibition “Lincoln: History after Hollywood”. Parts of the sets, costumes and props from Steven Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln film (2012) are on display in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The focus is on the office by Abraham Lincoln, a vignette of Mary Lincoln’s bedroom, costumes and props.Children are free at this special exhibit, adults are only $5.
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Awards
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum has received two awards: the Themed Entertainment Association Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Lincoln Group of New York’s Commendation of Appreciation of Abraham Lincoln.
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The permanent exhibits are divided into different phases of Abraham Lincoln ‘s life. There is Journey One, which depicts the years leading up to the presidency, Journey Two, which illustrates the presidential tenure, and the Treasures Gallery, which has many original Lincoln-era exhibits.
Temporary exhibits provide further information on the life of Abraham Lincoln and of Illinois history.
Areas in the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield
The focal point of the Lincoln Museum in Springfield is the Plaza. Here you will find the lifelike figures of the Lincoln family. You have the opportunity to take a photo with the Lincoln family.
The Treasures Gallery
The Treasures Gallery is an exhibit of the Lincoln family. Family photos, china, and many personal belongings of the Lincoln family are on display here.
An original handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address, the evening gloves President Abraham Lincoln wore in his pocket the night he was assassinated, and the quill pen used to sign the Emancipation Proclamation are the main attractions.
Special exhibits from Abraham Lincoln’s life are displayed here.
Mrs. Lincoln Loft
Children of all ages are invited to play with a Lincoln dollhouse and try out Lincoln and Mary’s clothes. Children can also dress up in 18th-century clothes on a Lincoln doll model and try out historical toys at Mrs. Lincoln’s attic.
It is also possible to take a photo with the life-size model of Abraham Lincoln as a boy and as an adult. But a photo with Mary Todd Lincoln and the children can also be taken.
A special effects theater takes visitors back in time. Ghostly images, live actors and interesting actions impress the viewer. Here you can relive the 1860 presidential election live, with TV news and advertising campaign.
Ask Mr. Lincoln
Here you can select a question from a list and see a filmed reaction from Abraham Lincoln. You can also have the historical background explained by the historian Tom Schwartz.
Ghosts of the Library
A hologram with dramatic special effects is created here by Abraham Lincoln in his library.
The Museum Store
Interesting Abraham Lincoln and Illinois themed gifts, books and souvenirs can be found here.
Architektur des Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield
In the historic downtown area of Springfield are the buildings of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Very close to other attractions to Abraham Lincoln in Springfield.
The Lincoln Museum and Library consists of three buildings. There is even a road between the museum and the library, so both buildings are connected by a covered passage. The third building serves as the visitor center for the Abraham Lincoln Museum.
At each entrance is a rotunda inscribed with the four terms of Lincoln’s laws.
Opening hours and admission prices to the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
The Abraham Lincoln Museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Last admission is at 4 p.m. The Lincoln Museum is only closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Admission prices (as of 07/2014) are:
Seniors (62+): $12
Military (ID required): $10
Children (5-15): $6
Under 4 years old: Free
Student (ID required): $12
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Exhibitions are held on some weekends. Admission to the Lincoln Library is free.
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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum parking garage is located on 6th Street between Madison and Mason Streets.
Since opening in 2005, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum has been the most visited state presidential museum.
Attractions near the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is near several other attractions in Springfield : the Old State Capitol, Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, and Lincoln’s Home are just a few blocks away. The Dana – Thomas House, Vachel Lindsay Home, Governor’s Mansion and the State Capitol are also nearby.
To learn more about other Springfield attractions, there is a Springfield Visitor Center at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site at 1 SW Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701.
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
212 N. Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 N. Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701