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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield

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Pay tribute to one of the nation’s most iconic leaders at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. One of the most-visited presidential libraries in the country, the museum features an extensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia documenting the life and political career of the 16th U.S. president, as well as the events of the American Civil War. Venture through the “Pre-Presidential Years” exhibit to tour a life-size replica of Lincoln’s childhood home, then head to the “Presidential Years” section to view an original handwritten Gettysburg Address and signed Emancipation Proclamation. Don’t miss a visit to the life-size diorama of the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre, the site of Lincoln’s 1865 assassination. Make Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum part of your personalized Springfield itinerary using our Springfield travel route planner.
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  • It's a nice sized museum that doesn't get overwhelming, and the life sized dioramas help you imagine that you were there during Lincoln's day. After we got back, we played a trivia game with family.....  more
    It's a nice sized museum that doesn't get overwhelming, and the life sized dioramas help you imagine that you were there during Lincoln's day. After we got back, we played a trivia game with family.....  more »
  • If you are a history buff and like learning about Abraham Lincoln, this is the spot for you. Try to go during "Lincoln Days: History Comes Alive!". Actors in period costumes roam the area, giving.....  more
    If you are a history buff and like learning about Abraham Lincoln, this is the spot for you. Try to go during "Lincoln Days: History Comes Alive!". Actors in period costumes roam the area, giving.....  more »
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  • There's no better place to learn about the life of Abe Lincoln than at this museum. I would recommend it for families or school groups. Personally, the ideal minimum age is probably around 10+ as getting the most out of each exhibit requires patience and reading. My boys are a bit younger and it was tough for them to stay focused till the end. Any weather conditions are fine because the museum is entirely indoors. It was pouring rain during our visit; the staff was kind enough to offer plastic bags to house each of our wet umbrellas. Don't bother bringing food or drinks in. They won't allow them, but if you forget you can rent a locker for a quarter. You should allocate 3-4 hours of time here in order to enjoy each exhibit and both theatre shows. Keep an eye out for the Abe Lincoln impersonator that will occasionally pop out and roam around. He's happy to greet you and discuss anything from his life, including his wrestling career!! You won't regret your visit here.
  • Really nice museum. It has a ton of stuff to look at, very well presented. You will learn things you never knew. Covers Lincoln’s life from his childhood to his death. There are a couple shows that are worth a watch, too. Kids and history buffs alike will enjoy this.

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