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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Very well preserved

The old state capitol is very well preserved. It was one of my favorite stops. It's free to tour... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2017
Brandy C
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Should See This

Another great place that anyone in Illinois should stop by and see. Won't take too long to walk... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2017
Nick_BMI
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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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+1 217-785-7960
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Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

The old state capitol is very well preserved. It was one of my favorite stops. It's free to tour and they have tour guides there or you can explore on your own. It's a gorgeous building inside and out.

Thank Brandy C
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Reviewed 30 April 2017

Another great place that anyone in Illinois should stop by and see. Won't take too long to walk through although there are periodical presentation that one can sit in and listen to. It is a beautiful building and it is great that it is being...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Centrally located in downtown district, very easy place to pop in and do quick visit. Technically free, but donations requested. Rooms all set like they were over a 100 years ago. Informative guide on hand to answer questions.

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Reviewed 24 April 2017

While we were there a Military Medical Reenactment was taking place. After visiting all of the stations we went inside of the Old State Capital where there were rein-actors showing us the dances of that time period. Loved it.

Thank XWagonmaster
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Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

WOW! Coming upon the fence and grounds, it’s obvious there is a reverence that is still here for all that happened at this location. Outside the fence, the original brickwork foundation still stands, but is gently crumbling, (which is appropriate and has a historical value...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

You can't help stop in the old Illinois Capital building when walking around the square. There is so much history in a small space. A place you would not want to miss seeing.

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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We took our cousin from Germany here. We were greeted by several very friendly staff who were willing to give our small group a very intimate tour, based on how long we wanted! It was great to see the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln...More

Thank FrauBron
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

This takes you back in time. You actually get to see where Mr. Lincoln sat when he was State Representative. Kudos to Springfield for keeping this building as part of our history, it beautiful. !! Staff was outstanding!

Thank Ginger S
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

This is the place where Lincoln served as a state law maker and gave some of his most famous speeches. He announced his bid for the presidency here, as did Barack Obama. Beautiful wood chambers. A must see in Springfield.

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Reviewed 3 April 2017

After visiting the current state capitol, the old one isn't nearly as impressive architecturally, but our guide did a great job relating the history of the capitol dealing with Lincoln's time there, its use during the civil war, and its use as Lincoln's final resting...More

Thank Tod R
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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
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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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