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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

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Naturalization ceremony

I went to a ceremony at the old capital when my friend became a US citizen. It was the first time I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Exceeded expectations

The building is quite impressive from the outside. However, when I went inside, I was greeted by a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Daniel V
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to a ceremony at the old capital when my friend became a US citizen. It was the first time I had been there. It had a small museum and was very nice. It has a lot of stairs. I’m not sure if it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The building is quite impressive from the outside. However, when I went inside, I was greeted by a lady in a hoop skirt, who advised me that General Grant was addressing the assembly upstairs. Having people re-enacting history brought it alive. The building gave you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Daniel V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The capitol is self guided but the gentleman on hand the day we were there was truly filled with information. It felt so neat to be in a place that Lincoln had walked and worked in during his life. The pieces are not original but...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CJTom
Reviewed 10 November 2018

This is where the Senate met in the old days (when Lincoln was a lawyer and representative). The rooms are well documented as to the purpose. A Lincoln hat is on the desk where he sat. It is easy to imagine Lincoln presenting a case...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

This is a self-guided tour with staff on hand to answer questions. A very helpful guide stayed on the first floor and told us bits and pieces of Lincoln’s years here pleading cases before the Illinois Supreme Court, Working as a Representative, and reading in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 30 October 2018

Nice Greek revival architecture, completed in 1840. It's nice that they preserved it for posterity. The inside is much less frilly than the new state capitol building, which is very beautiful inside. It's free to enter, but there is a donation box inside if you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank R2J2
Reviewed 30 October 2018

This is well worth the time to see history preserved. Check out the visitors center downtown when you start your visit, The City of Springfield welcomes you with a free parking pass for all meters downtown during your visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 29 October 2018

You may remember that this is where our Lovely Barack Obama announced his candidacy for President back on 2006 - and the architecture does not disappoint. Simply amazing.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank ladybrady007
Reviewed 15 October 2018

This was a very interesting former Capitol building. This is the one Lincoln served in as a House Representative and lawyer. The tour is self guided, but you are greeted by a guide who gives you a few minutes of introduction, All the spaces, offices...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank David D
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

This building was set to get destroyed and people would not allow it to happen. Parking was wanted and as a compromise there were 2 levels of it placed underground. Then the old building was reconstructed.

Date of experience: October 2018
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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.