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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Ranked #1 of 55 things to do in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: In a stunning combination of scholarship and showmanship, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum immerses you in Lincoln's world and time. Journey from a rustic Indiana cabin to the Executive Mansion in the nation's capitol; follow the fate of America's 16th president and share the joys and sorrows of a family - and a nation.
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Seymour, Indiana
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Don't miss!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2011

Springfield, IL has a lot to offer in my opinion. What ever you do...don't miss the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum!
I thought it was awesome. The statue settings troughout the museum were realistic and gave you some insight to Abraham Lincoln the man.
No photographs are allowed within the actual musem.

Visited August 2011
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Chicago Ridge, Illinois
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“The Lincoln Museum is a must see if you're staying in Springfield”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2011

The museum was great, make sure to see the two shows that they have.

Visited August 2011
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Compelling and Inspiring”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2011

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is an amazing experience...you'll get a real sense of this courageous, visionary president at gut level. I applaud the musuems innovative interactive exhibits and be sure to take time to visit the live theatre exhibit. You will walk away from this experience on the value of doing what's right regardless of public opinion or group think.

Visited August 2011
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Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2011

You will not regret visiting this wonderful museum. The special effects are so amazing, nothing like I have ever seen before. Please make sure to make this a stop while visiting Springfield!

Visited August 2011
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“! ! ! This is the BEST museum ever ! ! !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2011

Imagine walking into a museum where Abraham Lincoln and his family are there to greet you! Well, that is the start of your visit to the Lincoln Museum. What a treasure!

You can walk to one of the 3 theatres and learn about Lincoln as a husband, father, and neighbor, or President of the United States of America during a time of civil war. Or tour a younger Abe Lincoln in his family's cabin where he is reading a book by the firelight.

Not your thing? Well, then maybe you want to know more about the War Between the States. If so, enter the White House where Mrs. Lincoln greets you while wearing a beautiful gown. Walk through the White House, where there are mini theatres, such as "The Civil War in 4 Minutes". If you had grabbed a clipboard from one of the initial greeters, you will learn how many casualties there were on both sides (North and South) within 4 minutes. Walk further and you see many cartoons of the day, which are not very flattering to our then President. In fact, those cartoons are more critical than what we see in today's newspapers.

You can see President Lincoln strategizing with his staff; visit the White House kitchen, where even the stove feels warm! As you walk through a hall, faces appear on both sides and speak of why the Proclamation Emancipation should / should not be signed. Listen to the voices; hear their arguments to get a brief exposure to how it must have really been back in 1863.

Move on to more informational areas where you will learn why Gutzon Borglum did not include Lincoln's left ear in his sculpture. What? You didn't know that? Neither did I until I read about it in this museum!

Finally, visit the Treasures room, and decide what you think is the most important treasure from what is on display. Think about the way people lived back in the 1860s; look at those things not from what we have today, but from what they had at that time.

Do plan on spending an entire day at the museum.
Do bring your children (they will appreciate it more if they are at least 10 years old).
Do stop at the theatres.
Do read / listen along the way.

And when you have toured through everything, and absorbed as much history as possible, stop at the well-stocked / much variety gift shop and pick up a special souvenir to remember your trip.

You will not be disappointed! It is well worth the $12/adult admission charge.
(Internet savvy users will check out the Museum online before visiting to find a $1 coupon to be used on your admission.)

Visited August 2011
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