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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Old Capital

This was free and worth the time to see. Self-guided. Staff available to answer questions if needed.

Reviewed 29 July 2016
67heathera
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Cedar Rapids
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Needs work

It would be a lot nicer if they had some information on the history and displays. This is an... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2016
Mmssls
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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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  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
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+1 217-785-7960
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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

This was free and worth the time to see. Self-guided. Staff available to answer questions if needed.

Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

It would be a lot nicer if they had some information on the history and displays. This is an interesting old and historic courthouse. It would be really great if they had docents to tell someone of the history.

Reviewed 26 July 2016

We were at the State Capitol four times in two days. We toured the building, then returned for presentations about General Grant, Abe Lincoln, and the Troubadours.

Reviewed 23 July 2016

Visiting the Old Capitol was last on our list and only if we had time. Little did we know that we would have missed a real treasure had we skipped it. Most of the rooms look as if the workers from the 1800's just left....More

Reviewed 22 July 2016

We went here for about a half hour to see what the Illinois government used to be like. I have always been interested in politics and hope to be in the supreme court when I get older, so I thought seeing all the things they...More

Reviewed 22 July 2016

Another free to visit piece of Illinois history. It is worth the walk through just to this piece of history. The house of representatives chamber is where Abraham Lincoln would lie in state until his burial nearby in Oak Ridge cemetery. And there are often...More

Reviewed 21 July 2016

Absolutely beautiful. We go there every time we are in Springfield and see something we missed. Just a nice little walk from the hotel. A lot of times they have something going to show the history of the state. A must see if you are...More

Reviewed 20 July 2016

Beautiful building reconstruction. Important to realize it is right across the street from the Lincoln-Herndon law office. Thus, Lincoln just walked across the street to argue cases and positions.

Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful State Capitol!! We have visited quite a few and this is the most impressive. Well worth a visit!!!

Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

You can visit the building free of charge (donations welcome :) ). Many different rooms to visit, all with historic furniture. When I was there many actors performed 'living history'

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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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