Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

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Facility:Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Description:Combining scholarship and showmanship, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in downtown Springfield, Illinois communicates the amazing life and times of Abraham Lincoln in unforgettable ways.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is the premier repository for materials relating to the history of the Prairie State. The Illinois State Historical Library was created in 1889 by the Illinois General Assembly, which charged the new library with collecting and preserving "books, pamphlets, manuscripts, monographs, writings, and other materials of historical interest and useful to the historian, bearing upon the political, religious, or social history of the State of Illinois from the earliest known period of time."

More than a century later the mission is continued at the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. The Library is a public, non-circulating research facility that contains material on all aspects of Illinois' history. Particularly noteworthy are the Library's holdings in published resources, manuscripts, newspapers, audiovisual, and Lincolniana.

The permanent exhibit at the museum is comprised of two "Journeys", two Theaters, a Treasures Gallery, Mrs. Lincoln's Attic and Ask Mr. Lincoln totaling more than 40,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art exhibitory. But this is only a VERY small taste of what they have. See the website for more detailed information of your upcoming adventure.

If you are an educator, see the website for a free pass you can print off, and bring a teacher ID with you.
Address 1:212 North Sixth Street
Address 2:
Zip Code:62701
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Hours:Library Hours: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM DAILY
Museum: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily (ticket sales end at 4:00PM)
CLOSED - New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
Admission:The Library has no admission charge.

The Museum's admission fee is as follows
Adult (16 - 61 years of age) $10.00
Senior (62 years of age and up) $7.00
Children (5 - 15 years of age) $4.00
Military (id required) $7.00
Students (school/college id required) $7.00
Child (under 5 are free) No Charge
Telephone:(217) 558-8844
Website:Visit Website
JulieCC, Co-op Member
This is a must see for any homeschooler, if not American! The Lincoln museum is a top-notch facility with exciting theater productions (using lots of high tech & mechanical features). There are wonderful wax sculptures throughout, decpicting the life of Abe Lincoln, his family, and other important people of the era.

My family's favorite parts are the theaters, the "Civil War in 4 Minutes" display, and the "Media Room" that is like a TV control room that's playing champaign stories from the era (don't miss the scrolling text at the bottom of the TV screens!).

If you are unable to visit this museum, the online virtual walk through will give you just a tiny taste of the history involved. It can be a good springboard to additional lessons.

We've visited the museum three times and we never tire of hearing/reading/seeing all of the information again.
Starla S., Co-op Member
I think that this is a great way to show our children who President Lincoln was. I especially like the shows. The Ghost show was very interesting! I won't say more, only that you have to see it if you go! They are a must see! We went when they had the display from the Smithsonian. It was very nice! They have a nice play area for the smaller children to. They have a series of rooms that display the war and one is a video of the map and who won and the date when that fight was won.
RO Georgia, Co-op Member
This Museum is a must see on your home school adventure. We visited this location last summer. It was an extreme highlight of not only my daughters life but my as well. I would have to say the best part was spending about an hour just in the children hands on section. There was the Lincoln house, turn of the century clothing and kitchen area and more. It's very difficult to explain all the aspects of this museum every part of it was fascinating, and don't miss the hologram library where it's difficult to determine hologram from real. Very Historic, from early days of Lincoln through after his death. There is a price for the tickets. It's sooo worth every penny for the memories you receive.
Brittany B., Co-op Member
Worth the stop on a road trip! We could not get enough! I wish we could have had more time to spend!
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