With a stunning combination of scholarship and showmanship, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum immerses you in Lincoln’s world and time. Journey from a rustic log cabin to the Executive Mansion in the nation's capital; follow the fate of America's 16th president and share the joys and sorrows of a family – and of a nation.
Abraham Lincoln's journey from the backwoods of Kentucky to Washington, D.C., is told in nine exhibits that comprise Journey One: The Pre-Presidential Years. Learn about Lincoln’s early and abiding quest for knowledge and feel how his dream began. Follow him along his path from store clerk, to husband and father, to lawyer, and to politician.
Among the Journey One exhibits is The Slave Auction, a wrenching scene of a slave family being torn apart at an auction. Did Lincoln witness such a scene as a young man? Perhaps. Certainly he was exposed to slavery during two flatboat trips (1828 and 1831) down the Mississippi River to New Orleans.
Abraham Lincoln achieved what many men only dreamed of when he won the presidency in 1860. But the country was in crisis—the Civil War would begin just weeks after his inauguration, and Lincoln would wrestle with the human toll of battle and of slavery. Family tragedy struck as well, with the death of son Willie in 1862.
Cruel personal and political attacks that greeted the Lincolns when they arrived in Washington, D.C., gave way to an outpouring of grief following his assassination on April 14, 1865. Somber scenes of mourning give way to consideration of Lincoln’s powerful hold on Americans.
Ghost of the Library: This dramatic and magical special-effects presentation uses Holavision®-a proprietary holographic technology-to explain the importance of the Museum's complementary Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in preserving not just the history of Illinois' favorite son, but of all Illinoisans.
Lincoln's Eyes: This state-of-the-art theater features layered digital-projection screens and special effects that immerse viewers in the drama of "Lincoln's Eyes," told by the artist who struggled to capture the sorrow, hope, vision, resolve, and forgiveness in Lincoln's eyes.
Venture inside a place where you are in the presence of dozen of original artifacts owned by or associated with the Lincolns and their contemporaries. View dozens of items that were a part of the Lincolns' lives. Family photos, china, and crystal from the White House.
In the center of this hall is a large cylindrical inner chamber-resembling an upturned stovepipe. Essentially a rotating gallery-in-a-gallery, this exhibit area is reserved for a revolving display of some of the most precious Lincoln artifacts.
Kids of all ages are invited to play in this hands-on children's area. Try on Lincoln's suit or Mary's dress. Put on the uniform of a Civil War soldier. Rearrange the furniture in the Lincoln Home doll house. Have your picture taken with life-size cut-outs of young Abraham, his sister, and his parents. A responsible adult must accompany children in this area.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is a dynamic institution with ever-expanding collections that are essential to understanding the history of Illinois and its most famous citizen, Abraham Lincoln. All researchers-genealogists, scholars, students, and those studying historical issues of personal interest-are welcome.
Host your next event at the museum. Our Plaza is a spectacular venue for evening receptions or dinners. Event guests may have the opportunity to see the Museum's exhibits and theater presentations.
Contact the Facilities Rental Office at (217) 558-8873.
**Photo taken by Gail Lober.
Field Trips to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum bring history to life through immersive exhibits, state-of-the-art theaters, and special events. School group admission is free June-February.
Contact the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 545-7300 to register today.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is located at 212 North Sixth Street in Springfield, Illinois 62701. Become a member. Your support helps communicate the remarkable life and times of our sixteenth president in truly unforgettable ways!
Visit our website at www.alplm.org for more information or call (217) 558-8934.