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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Well restored bit of history

We can see why this is such a popular attraction. Tons of history-place where Lincoln gave his... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2016
rlav48
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orland park, il.
History Comes Alive!

I was on a special guided tour that eventually sent me to sit in the very room where Lincoln... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2016
Sunsup605
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Warrenton, Virginia
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Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek Revival masterpiece saw Lincoln serve as a lawyer and legislator. In 1858, Lincoln delivered his landmark "House Divided" speech in the Capitol's Representatives Hall.
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  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
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Reviewed 20 August 2016

We can see why this is such a popular attraction. Tons of history-place where Lincoln gave his House Divided speech and where Obama announced his run for the presidency. I did not see that they had any organized tours, but the volunteers we met were...More

2  Thank rlav48
Reviewed 18 August 2016

I was on a special guided tour that eventually sent me to sit in the very room where Lincoln practiced law. A top hat sits where he did! Splendid renovation efforts, young cappella singers, Herndon impersonator, and displays. Awesome.

1  Thank Sunsup605
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Toured with a group staying in hotels in city center. Site is within walking of downtown hotels and other attractions. Good history lesson for school age children. Thoroughly enjoyed presentations by General Grant, the Capella singers, and Lincoln's law partner Mr. Herndon.

1  Thank carla866
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the simplicity of this building, as well as the artifacts, charts, etc. displayed. I had hoped for more specific information about Lincoln, but the overall experience was great!

1  Thank evanbrewer78
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Staff were exceptionally nice to let us in at last minute. Viewing chambers of old house and senate along with governor's office was one of highlights of visit to Springfield. Fitting that President Obama launched his 2008 campaign from front steps.

1  Thank wm23
Reviewed 13 August 2016

A very knowledgeable volunteer led my 7 yr old and myself on our own tour! (It was a slow Thu.). He told us everything! We got to see the whole building. Free of charge, but donations accepted.

2  Thank bradsrn
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Just enough self guided to keep me interested. Had a few of the guides interact to give additional info and fun facts about the objects, customs about each office, and positions within the offices, and even little known facts about the rooms themselves. Something we...More

Thank Tara R
Reviewed 9 August 2016

If you've never been, GO! As soon as you walk up those stairs, you're literally walking back in time. Those working here are incredibly knowledgeable and kind.

Thank Sharon P
Reviewed 8 August 2016

After visiting the Lincoln Museum across the street, nothing compares. This bored my kids and me slightly. The building is filled with old furniture but really, not as interesting as, say, the Old Courthouse in St. Louis.

Thank Scott G
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

This was a nice historical site to visit in Springfield that is good for all ages. Easy to find and we found street parking close by. They were having a Civil war reenactment camping out that made it extra special. The construction is so neat...More

Thank tanyasm
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Mandy H
19 March 2017|
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Response from Kathy B | Reviewed this property |
I believe they do. You will have to go up a set of stairs to get into the building. Once in, there is an elevator to the second floor.
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Marvin S
8 August 2016|
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Response from hippoguy | Reviewed this property |
a block and a half from there is the Lincoln Presidential Library. That is where those things happen more often.On Saturdays by the old state capital they have a Lincoln look alike walking around outside there. Check with... More
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Marvin S
8 August 2016|
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Response from Trish F | Reviewed this property |
No. Sorry. Try the Visitors Centre at the Lincoln home.
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