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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Impressive Renovation

The old state capitol has been preserved to perfection. We felt like we were living in the past... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jill B
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92210
Self guided

The staff gave a quick run down of the rooms and various historical significance and then you can... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tonya V
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Pea Ridge, Arkansas
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The old state capitol has been preserved to perfection. We felt like we were living in the past. Guides were friendly and offered interesting information without being prompted.

Thank Jill B
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The staff gave a quick run down of the rooms and various historical significance and then you can explore on your own. Donations are recommended. I believe there are tours available for groups.

Thank Tonya V
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Reviewed 6 days ago

and I'm in, this was great to be where Lincoln worked. Self guided tour, if you are a Lincoln fan this is not to be missed.

Thank Kitsaattheshore
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just seeing the outside of the building is worth it. Docents encourage you tag along with other groups. Free. Donations requested

Thank janet s
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice building and grounds of the original Illinois state capital. My favorite part was seeing the old glass in the windows.

Thank Jeff4985
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A self guided tour is just fine, but there are also scheduled tours. The photographic opportunities alone are well worth the trip. Within walking distance of tons of great sites and restaurants downtown! A must see!

Thank Granger7
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

Abe Lincoln helped bring the capitol to Springfield, he served in this building, and after his death, he laid in state in this building. So that's quite a bit of history. Free, and the staff is helpful and informative.

Thank Chris S
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

worth 30 minutes to see the old courthouse, legislature rooms, and courtrooms in this classic old building

Thank JerryVirginia
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This was a great stop for the grandchildren. It interrupted the world of computer screens with something they could see and do. Thank you.

Thank clarson2016
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Visiting the Old State Capitol is an opportunity to have a history lesson and tour an exceptional and important building. If your following the Lincoln trail in Springfield, spend time here learning more about Lincoln and enjoying the opportunity to stand in his footsteps. The...More

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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
8 August 2016|
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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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