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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Brief tour to see Abe Lincoln's desk

We did not have a lot of time, but an extended visit is not necessary in our view. The site was on... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Randy D
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Worth the time

My wife and I and another couple spent three days taking in the Lincoln sites. Although the Old... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Peter F
Naples, Florida
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We did not have a lot of time, but an extended visit is not necessary in our view. The site was on our way back to our parked car and near closing time. The docents graciously allowed us entry for a brief view of the...More

Thank Randy D
Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I and another couple spent three days taking in the Lincoln sites. Although the Old Capitol wasn't the highlight of the tour it was worth while. I would recommend taking a guided tour. We didn't and I think we missed a lot...More

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was Staying Downtown at The Hilton for Convention this Past June. What made this Historic Site so nice. It was a stones throw fro the Hotel. Very old Building but So well preserved. Majestic looking. A must see. Much on street Parking and easily...More

Thank Chad V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are in Springfield, you owe it to yourself to make a stop at the Old State Capitol. The only thing I would have liked to see was some type of printed guide for the self guided tour.

Thank Dallas A
Reviewed 1 week ago

the interior is redone,but well worth seeing- you can see typical state offices of the time as well as senate and house chambers. Some of the furniture pieces are just beautiful.

Thank DES63640
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a docent guided tour. It is like stepping back in time to when Lincoln served in the Illinois State legislature. The tour guide was very knowledgable. We took our three teenagers who are ambiguous about historical activities but they loved this tour.

Thank cynkuen
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here after visiting the current capitol. The history here is well documented and presented. Nicely handicapped accessible.

Thank Mary L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A journey back in time in an extroidinary Old State Capital. Informed and knowledgeable tour guides, beautiful structure with marvelously preserved artifacts. Well worth the time to enjoy with both friends and family. This is a great opportunity to learn from the Lincoln era and...More

Thank gem422017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quick to walk through, you could spend 10 minutes or an hour here. Lots of stairs, and no elevator, if you have mobility issues.

Thank K C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see. So much history in this building. Really enjoyed our visit. Does not take a lot of time.

Thank Damon D
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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.
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
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.