It's amazing to me that Springfield isn't a tourist destination comparable to Salem or Williamsburg. This place is packed with jewels.
After two years in Springfield we used the Old State Capitol to escape the heat... what a surprise. The exhibits looked temporary but the room settings really sparked the imagination. You could almost hear the historic crooked Illinois politicians at work.
I'm giving this 5 stars because we had a very nice tour guide who went out of his way for us. This is a good place to stop after the museum if you're into Lincoln history. Shame on Springfield for taking the building apart, I can't believe this historic building wasn't better preserved. The reconstruction is well done, however.
We visited this site, the original state capitol, after visiting the "new" Capitol. Our guide took us from room to room on both floors of the building which is furnished with period pieces and period reproductions. You're invited to sit in the Supreme Court room and take a seat at a desk in the Senate and House chambers while the... More
This is a great time for kids (even hyper ones), and adults too. The tour guide is full of info /facts and is only hampered by tourists in a hurry. Try to go on a smaller tour when there is less folks waiting for his return , and yu can learn so much on your tour. The building is beautiful.
On your way to or from the Lincoln museum stop by here to see a truly unique historical site. While your visit will not take much time it will help inform you of the world Lincoln lived in. If you have the time take the guided tour through the building so that you can learn more that what is posted... More
Love the architecture, It is very stately and the guides are very informative! Although very old it is very well kept, a joy to see the past history through the guided well informed tour guide.
We did not go inside, but the whole area is very interesting and easy to navigate. You can do as little or as much walking as desired. Everything is very clean and well organized. It is a great two-day trip.
This is a step back into the past! The guided tour of the old capitol is well done and offers a lot of information that you otherwise would not have known.
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