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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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It is neat to walk inside the building where Lincoln would have done governmental tasks before... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Matthew C
Saint Louis, Missouri
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this was on our list if places yo see,was not disaponted. the staff welcomed us unanounced and gave... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ron H
New Berlin, Wisconsin, United States
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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%
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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is neat to walk inside the building where Lincoln would have done governmental tasks before moving to Washington. The building transports you back to the 1800's and shows you what it would have been like to work in politics at that time. It is...More

1  Thank Matthew C
Reviewed 3 days ago

this was on our list if places yo see,was not disaponted. the staff welcomed us unanounced and gave us the self guided tour detatails. they were more than hapy to answer any question you may have. even odd questions we had and theygave us more...More

Thank Ron H
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was an excellent stop on our trip to see Lincoln sites. The interior has been reconstructed to appear like it is still in use. The day we were there, an actor was portraying U.S Grant and gave a talk on Appomattox. Afterward we walked...More

1  Thank maldenmusic
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

There is no charge to visit the capitol, but they do suggest a $5 donation per adult. We made out way to the Senate Chamber room where Lincoln made his famous 'House Divided' speech. While were there, Ulysses S. Grant was explaining Lee's surrender. They...More

Thank h_blond2
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lincoln used this building as a defacto headquarters after he won the Presidency, he gave his house divided speech and served terms here, and Ulysses Grant had an office here very early in the war. Staffed by great volunteers!

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A historical spot to learn about early IL. Go upstairs. Then head to the new capitol before you leave town.

Thank 276suzannea
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This site was accessed by driving by. I do not know if there are tours. Lincoln served in the state legislature, where he got a taste of government at work.

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another free self guided tour. We we went and looked things over. There is an elevator. It is set up like they are still in session.

Thank risher70
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good tour gave insight into Illinois history before the more modern era. Maybe unsurprising focus on Lincoln. Worth a visit and close to other attractions

Thank David G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about President Lincoln we didn't know before, a strong beginning of our tour of Lincoln country.

Thank Yvonne B
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Mandy H
Does the Old State Capital allow strollers inside? Thanks!
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
do you have days and times for speeches presented by Lincoln, and Grant
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
do you have a day schedule for the times that Abe, Grant and others give their speaches
8 August 2016|
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Response from Trish F | Reviewed this property |
No. Sorry. Try the Visitors Centre at the Lincoln home.