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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Dedicated to the life and legacy of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, the Presidential Library and Museum brings together the world’s largest collection of documentary material related to the life of Lincoln. You’ll be entertained, educated and mesmerized by this one-of-a-kind, world-class facility, blending 21st century technology to transport you back to the 19th century world of Abraham Lincoln.

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The Great American Story As Never Told Before

Combining scholarship and showmanship, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum uses 21st century technology to immerse visitors in the world of gas lamps and hoop skirts – Lincoln’s world. Your Lincoln experience begins as you:

  • Visit the rustic Indiana cabin the young Lincoln called home,
  • Travel with Lincoln down the Mississippi to New Orleans and confront the horrors of slavery as a family is torn apart on an auction block,
  • Enter a modern-day television control room to see campaign commercials interpreting the complicated presidential election of 1860,
  • Step into the Blue Room at the White House to meet Mary Todd Lincoln at the dawn of four tragic years,
  • Listen to black servants gossiping in the White House kitchen about the possibility of emancipation,
  • Experience the Civil War in four minutes as you watch the movements armies North and South, synchronized to the mounting casualties on both sides,
  • Join the Lincolns in their box at Ford’s Theatre, and share in the grief of thousands of ordinary Americans filing by Lincoln’s casket in the Spring of 1865.

Theater Spectaculars

Lincoln's Eyes is a multi-screen, multi-layered special effects presentation that surrounds the visitor with action on three sides.

Ghosts of the Library is a spectacular production that combines live actors and Holavision technology to send visitors on an exciting journey of discovery into the heart of the Presidential library's archives.

Special Galleries

Mrs. Lincoln's Attic lets kids of all ages dress up and play the games that diverted Tad and Willie Lincoln. You can even explore a giant dollhouse recreating Lincoln's own Springfield home.

In the Treasures Gallery, you can see priceless artifacts, including one of five existing copies of The Gettysburg Address in Lincoln's own hand.

The Illinois Gallery is home to a rich menu of world-class changing exhibits on American history and the colorful panorama of Illinois.

Upcoming Exhibits

Click here to view current and upcoming exhibits at The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum


Be sure to check out the Museum Store, where you'll find an assortment of unique, hand-crafted gifts, as well as books, jewelry, reproduction furniture, videos and educational items. A portion of the proceeds from each purchase helps support educational and other Library and Museum programs.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum welcomes SUBWAY® as our dine-in restaurant. In-house dining is available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

Due to limited seating, it is not possible for us to reserve space for groups. However, if you would like to plan a pre-ordered bag lunch for your group, please call SUBWAY® at (217) 523-2247.


Museum Admission: Effective July 1, 2010

  • Age 16-61 $12.00
  • Senior (62 and Up) $9.00
  • Military and Students (ID Required) $9.00
  • Children (Age 5-15) $6.00
  • Children (Under 5) Free


Museum Hours

  • Seven days a week: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    (Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day)

Last museum admission at 4:00 p.m. daily.

For more information about the library and museum, click here. Or, call 1-800-610-2094 or 217-782-5764.

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