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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Free and Worth a Visit

This is the restored old Capitol building, where Lincoln and many other politicians served. It is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Columbus, Ohio
An important piece of American History

Very well preserved and presented site where President Lincoln served as a state legislator and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hannibal, Missouri
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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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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the restored old Capitol building, where Lincoln and many other politicians served. It is fee--but leave a donation to help with the upkeep. You really feel like Lincoln just stepped out for a minute (though the building does have air-conditioning, unlike in his...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well preserved and presented site where President Lincoln served as a state legislator and ultimately lay in state before his burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery after his assassination.

Thank bmchardy
Reviewed 1 week ago

The actual building where Lincoln gave the "House Divided" speech - as well as argued cases and generally politicked! Great to see all the meticulous work put into making the Old State Capitol authentic and interesting. Interpretive guides and reenactors are there with regularity. Great...More

Thank csdubya
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour guide we had was wonderful and made the tour a memorable experience. There is no admission fee although donations are accepted. It was in this old capitol building that Lincoln delivered his "house divided" speech in 1858 and where his body lay in...More

Thank treeface
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family walked through the two levels of the Old State Capitol in Springfield and had a wonderful time. What a great look at history, and Lincoln's beginnings. You can easily park your car right outside the building (metered parking) and there is no charge...More

Thank Jennifer K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were wondering around and came into a tour that was taking place and followed along. The tour guide was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and articulate. She was just amazing. We came in behind a larger group of school children and the guide was...More

Thank CasualTravelSR
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Knowing that President Lincoln was a statesman at this building and even though they have a newer capitol building gives me respect to Illinois for keeping this building for others to appreciate it's history .

Thank 341jlb61
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This stop was an unexpected treat — we walked through this painstakingly restored former State Capitol on our way to the current State Capitol. Lincoln tried many cases here, so it sets the historical context for other Lincoln sites. We enjoyed the authentic furnishings and...More

Thank Barbara R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great old building, see where Lincoln gave his "house divided " speech. Free to enter, lots of great civil war posters and other relics.

Thank jay t
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Free self guided tour, donations are accepted. The building is showing it's age, but we enjoyed our stroll though the old halls where Abraham Lincoln once served.

Thank Rob B
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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.