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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Learn about one of the most revered presidents of the United States through museum artifacts and presidential papers.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum provides a view of the life and presidency of the nation’s 16th president. Understand how Lincoln lived as a boy and why he is considered one of the best presidents in United States history by many.

In the Lincoln Museum, follow the president’s life. Start in a recreation of one of the log cabins that Lincoln lived in as a boy and continue through his legal practice, marriage to Mary Todd and the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates. View an analysis of the 1860 presidential campaign that put Lincoln in the White House through a modern televised analysis as if it were happening today.

See artifacts belonging to the Lincolns in The Treasures Gallery. Discover the personal lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln during the presidency as they lived through the death of a son and the anguish of the long American Civil War. Some of Lincoln’s greatest moments are described with artifacts and displays. The Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the final end of the Civil War mark major events in U.S. history.

Walk through a replica of Ford’s Theatre, where Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. Move into a re-creation of the Representatives Hall of Springfield’s Old State Capitol to pass the closed casket of the former president. Pay your respects to Abraham Lincoln, who provided security and leadership during a very difficult time for American citizens. Read about the powerful reaction to his untimely death.

The Lincoln Library in a neighboring building holds thousands of documents and artifacts related to Lincoln. View some of these as they rotate through the museum. Make an appointment to conduct research among nearly 1,600 letters and manuscripts signed by Lincoln, approximately 320 pieces of correspondence from Mary Todd Lincoln, more than 13,000 books about Lincoln and some 3,000 Lincoln photographs and prints. Check the library website to see whether any special exhibits are scheduled for free public viewing.

Visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum daily except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Children and students pay reduced admission. Find the two buildings in the heart of Springfield, Illinois, where Lincoln spent his boyhood and life before the presidency.


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Wyndham Springfield City Centre $84
Wyndham Springfield City Centre

Wyndham Springfield City Centre

700 E Adams St, Springfield, IL
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Springfield, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Prairie Capitol Convention Center and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Old State Capitol are also within 5 minutes. Springfield Station is 7 minutes by foot.

    State House Inn – a Red Collection Hotel $89
    State House Inn – a Red Collection Hotel

    State House Inn – a Red Collection Hotel

    101 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Springfield, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Illinois State Capitol and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Illinois State Museum and Old State Capitol are also within 10 minutes. Springfield Station is 5 minutes by foot.

      President Abraham Lincoln Springfield a DoubleTree by Hilton $103
      President Abraham Lincoln Springfield a DoubleTree by Hilton

      President Abraham Lincoln Springfield a DoubleTree by Hilton

      701 E Adams St, Springfield, IL
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Springfield, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Prairie Capitol Convention Center and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Old State Capitol are also within 5 minutes. Springfield Station is 7 minutes by foot.

        Carpenter Street Hotel $88
        Carpenter Street Hotel

        Carpenter Street Hotel

        525 North Sixth Street, Springfield, IL
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Springfield, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, St. John's Hospital, and Memorial Medical Center. Prairie Capitol Convention Center and Illinois State Capitol are also within 1 mi (2 km). Springfield Station is 10 minutes by foot.

          Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Springfield, IL $84
          Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Springfield, IL

          Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Springfield, IL

          3092 Stevenson Drive, Springfield, IL
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Springfield Lake Shore Improvement, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from University of Illinois at Springfield and within 6 mi (10 km) of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Henson Robinson Zoo. Lincoln Depot and Lincoln Home National Historic Site are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Crowne Plaza Springfield $87
            Crowne Plaza Springfield

            Crowne Plaza Springfield

            3000 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Springfield, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Illinois at Springfield, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and Lincoln Depot. Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Dana-Thomas House are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Springfield IL $79
              La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Springfield IL

              La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Springfield IL

              1121 Lejune Dr, Springfield, IL
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Springfield Lake Shore Improvement, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from University of Illinois at Springfield and within 6 mi (10 km) of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Knights Action. Dana-Thomas House and Lincoln Home National Historic Site are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Inn at 835 Boutique Hotel $104
                Inn at 835 Boutique Hotel

                Inn at 835 Boutique Hotel

                835 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Springfield, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Dana-Thomas House and Illinois State Capitol. Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Old State Capitol are also within 1 mi (2 km). Springfield Station is 16 minutes by foot.