Museums, Historic & Educational Sites

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum transports you to President Lincoln's world. The 40,000 sq. ft. museum includes galleries, theaters and historic displays including holographic & special effects theaters. You can view a replica of Lincoln's boyhood cabin and a partial reproduction of the 1860s White House. Interactive fun & learning for the whole family. Admission charged.

The Presidential Library contains more than 12 million items from the Illinois State Historical Library as well as an extensive collection of Lincoln artifacts and documents that have been carefully preserved. No admission fee.

Both are designated as Lincoln Sites.

Monday thru Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Air Combat Museum

Newly expanded in 2015. Features a collection of historic aircraft and aviation items.

Monday thru Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Call to confirm)

Dana-Thomas House

This house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 for Susan Lawrence Dana. The home contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. The 12,000 sq. ft. home contains 35 rooms over 3 main levels and 16 varying levels. Suggested donation.

Open for tours
Wednesday thru Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*
*Last tour at 3:45 p.m.

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Museum

The museum contains medals, battle swords, currency, photos, books and documents along with a Union solder's uniform and dresses from the Civil War era.

Monday thru Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: By Appointment
CLOSED Sunday

Elijah Iles House

Oldest house in Springfield. Contains original siding, interior wood work, flooring, walls and hardware. Elijah Iles was Springfield's first merchant and a friend of Abraham Lincoln. The Springfield Museum is located on the lower level along with a collection of Barringer furniture & accessories. A voluntary donation of $3/person is suggested.

Designated a Lincoln Site.

Tours - April thru October
Wednesday & Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum

The museum contains many important military items preserving the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and those who fought to preserve the Union.

Tuesday thru Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CLOSED Sunday & Monday
CLOSED January, February & National Holidays

Illinois State Fire Museum

The museum is located in the Old Firehouse on the Illinois State fairgrounds which was built in 1938. It houses an 1857 horse-drawn hand pumper and a fully-restored 1939 Diamond T Pumper. It is also home to one of the nation's largest fire department patch collections. Free Admission.

Open to the public by appointment. No appointment needed during the Illinois State Fair.

Camp Butler National Cemetery

Veterans and their dependents are now buried at this National Cemetery which was once the site of a Union Army training camp and Confederate prison. Over 25,000 individuals, including over 1,700 Union Confederate soldiers, are buried here.

Visitation Hours
Daily: 7:30 a.m. to sunset

Office Hours
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Clayville Historical Site

Clayville Historical Site and the Clayville Trading Post are open to the public for free tours. Check their website for special events.

April 1 thru September 30
Tuesday thru Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Edwards Place Historic Home

Edwards Place was home to Attorney Benjamin Edwards. The 4500 sq. ft. mansion has been newly restored to the way it would have looked in 1858. The tour will include viewing the "courting couch" on which Abraham Lincoln & Mary Todd sat while courting.

Designated a Lincoln Site.

Hourly Tours
Tuesday thru Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Illinois Executive Mansion

The Illinois Executive Mansion has been home to Illinois governors and their families since 1855 and is the 3rd oldest continuously occupied governor's mansion in the United States. The mansion was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. All tours are free & open to the public. Walk-in's welcome during scheduled hours.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tuesday & Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Korean War National Museum

The Korean War National Museum, also known as the Denis J. Healy Freedom Center, is located in historic downtown Springfield. The legacy and history of the Korean War is preserved through storyboards and artifacts. New artifacts are continually added so each visit will be a new experience. Events include a speaker series. The museum is working to expand its presence in New York City with the building of the Korean War National Museum, Library, and Cultural Center.

Tuesday thru Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Check website for dates and topics of the Speaker Series.

Illinois State Police (ISP) Heritage Foundation Museum

The museum opened on April 1, 2005 and houses exhibits and vehicles owned by the ISP Heritage Foundation. Since then, exhibits have been changed and new ones added - all accomplished through donations and merchandise sales.

Thursday and Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Or by appointment)

Illinois State Military Museum

The museum is dedicated to the legacy of the Illinois militia and the Illinois National Guard. The building, known as the Castle, houses unique artifacts including the wooden target board that President Abraham Lincoln used when test firing the Spencer Rifle in 1863 and the artificial leg of Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

Tuesday thru Saturday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Illinois State Capitol

The first legislative session was held at the Illinois State Capitol in 1877 after the state outgrew the space at the Old State Capitol. The building combines Renaissance Revival with Second Empire style and is topped with a 405-ft. dome. Visitors can watch Illinois politics in action when the legislature is in session.

Call for further information. Click on the link for tour information.

Illinois State Library

The Illinois State Library is the main resource for the state government and has a collection of more than 5 million items. The library subscribes to several electronic databases and services, allowing patrons access to thousands of additional resources. It also serves as a regional federal documents depository and houses more than 185,000 maps. The Illinois Authors Room holds an extensive collection of first-edition books by Illinois authors.

Monday thru Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

Lincoln's New Salem is a reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln spent the early part of his adulthood. Although he never owned a home here, he was a store clerk, split rails, enlisted in the Black Hawk War, was a postmaster and deputy surveyor, and was elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 1834 and 1836. Visit the website for a complete list of events, including candlelight tours and theater performances.

Designated a Lincoln Site.

Wednesday thru Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Call to confirm hours)

Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials State Historic Site

The Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary Todd, and three of their four sons. The public receiving vault is also located at the site. At the entrance to the tomb is a bronze bust of Lincoln where visitors stop to rub the nost of the statue for good luck. The cemetery is also home to the Illinois Korean War Memorial, the Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Illinois World War II Veterans Memorial. Visit the website for a schedule of special events and services.

Designated a Lincoln Site. The Lincoln Tomb was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

Lincoln Tomb
Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
War Memorials
April 1 thru August 31 - 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
September 1 thru March 31 - 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
See website for cemetery hours.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Take a step back in time on this guided tour of the only home that the Lincoln's ever owned. Actual Lincoln family furnishings and period artifacts are displayed in an authentically reproduced setting. A free tour ticket is required and you must take the guided tour (no self-guided tours are allowed.) Tickets are available at the Visitor's Center directly in front of the Lincoln Home. Tours fill up quickly during the summer months so please plan your day accordingly.

Designated a Lincoln Site.

Daily: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CLOSED January 1, Thanksgiving Day and December 25

The Lincoln Depot

Admission is free to the depot which was opened in 1852 by The Great Western Railroad. The depot was the last site that President-elect Abraham Lincoln stood in Springfield before heading to Washington, DC. After several different owners and uses, the depot now houses a self-guided museum on the first floor while the Noll Law Office resides on the second floor.

Designated a Lincoln Site.

Monday thru Friday: 10:0 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Holidays: Contact for Availability