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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Ama\zing period of Amerikan Historyq

Seemed restored accurately to the time period in which Lincoln served in the Legislature of... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2017
Sam K
Springfield, Illinois
Mixed Feelings

I actually think this is worth the stop because it is a cool building with lots of beautiful... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2017
Wauconda, Illinois
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

Seemed restored accurately to the time period in which Lincoln served in the Legislature of Illinois and felt the historicity of the desks and the public gallery for citizens to view in the proceedings of that period!

Thank Sam K
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I actually think this is worth the stop because it is a cool building with lots of beautiful antiques. The House of Rep room is all set up for business so that was neat, and just to know that Lincoln worked there was cool. They...More

Thank Cia1964
Reviewed 8 January 2017

If you are downtown and have the time to see the Old State Capital it gives you a comparative to the new Capital building. If you do go take the guided tour.

Thank Dave C
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Our guide was excellent! He took us on a tour of the entire building, pointing out important artifacts, such as maps and original furniture along with so much informative history and information.

Thank itraveleverywhere
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

$5.00 is the suggested donation. I enjoy history so I really enjoyed this. It's in the area of the Lincoln library and museum. It was easy to find. We thought it was closed until we opened the door. We found several of the attractions like...More

1  Thank Mark P
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

The whole state building has been restored and is very interesting. We enjoyed walking through the rooms Abraham once had long ago. A lot of history is in Springfield

Thank corndogsmom
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

We have visited a number of State Capitol buildings in the USA, but this was our first 'old' Capitol Building. Although it was only used for about 25 years, it was at an important time in American history

1  Thank Garonne9
Reviewed 1 November 2016

It is great they keep this old courthouse going since Abe argued cases here. Sure it pale in comparison to today's large courthouse, but they have done a great job keeping it for historical purposes. A self guided tour with no pressure for donations.

1  Thank Steve L
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Nice to see the architecture of an old, historic Capitol. Wear walking shoes and can walk to the newer Capitol.

Thank Lynn D
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

This place is impressive! Springfield has really paid attention to detail when it comes to capturing what political life was like in the time of Lincoln. You can tour this place yourself or take the guided tour. It's free, but there is a donation box.

Thank Jackson P
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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.