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President Lincoln's Cottage

140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
+1 202-829-0436
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Known as the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation". The Cottage is where Lincoln lived with his family at the height of the Civil War. The Cottage is located on a picturesque hilltop in Northwest Washington, DC. Opened to the public for the first time in 2008 after being restored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Cottage is the only designated National Monument in DC and the only National Monument in the country that is operated by a non-profit. Guided tours of the Cottage focus on Lincoln's ideas and offer visitors an intimate view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and private life. Visitors are also invited to browse exhibits in the adjacent Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. Tickets are required for entry to the Cottage, and advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Weekend tours often sell out completely.
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140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
+1 202-829-0436
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The statue is actual height. At first it doesn't seem so but as you get closer Lincoln he rises up to meet you. Well worth the time to see and hear the tour. We went two days after Labor Day and bought tickets on site....More

Thank Ron R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been going to DC for years and had no clue this place even existed. Really interesting, informative, and thought-provoking tour that involves the guests. Joan was a great tour guide. Would go back when bringing others to DC next time!

Thank j97elroy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I visited the cottage in late July, making this our 25th presidential home/site visit. The ticket fee is around $15.00 for adults, and you can wander around their little museum until the tour starts. That being said, enjoy the museum because it...More

1  Thank boughsofholly
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

President Lincoln's cottage is the home he stayed at to get away from the White House while he was president -- before there was a Camp David and before there were airplanes to take presidents to favorite getaways. It's just a few miles away from...More

Thank Diana Z
Reviewed 16 August 2017

While I can certainly agree with some of the reviewers that 15.00 seemed a steep price to pay for a home devoid of furnishings. But I get that they are going with it as a museum of ideas rather than things. I guess I just...More

Thank Kitsaattheshore
Reviewed 15 August 2017

This gem of a place in NW DC was built right beside the Soldiers' Home---the first Vet's living quarters. To qualify for residence here, one must have started out as an enlisted man. Lincoln lived here during the time he was President from 1862-64. He...More

1  Thank J D
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Ever since President Lincoln's Cottage opened to the public in 2008, I have wanted to visit. I've read the directions about where to get off the Metro and what Metrobus to take a million times. If I had known just how truly easy the journey...More

1  Thank Race2Win
Reviewed 7 August 2017

If you seen DC a hundred times, you likely still haven't been to Lincoln's Summer Cottage. About 3 mi from downtown (Green line on metro with a pleasant .9 mi walk to the site). Only offers timed guided tours, so go on-line and sign up....More

Thank jnenc
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

If you like history this place is pretty cool. I wondered why I had never been or known about it but its only been open since 2008. Walk in Abe's footsteps, view out his bedroom window where he drafted the Emancipation Proclamation and imagine the...More

Thank Katherine C
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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

The tour office and museum are very impressive and the surroundings of the cottage and the adjacent servicemen's home are beautiful. I found the tour itself to be a major letdown. It begins in a classroom environment where the guide asks for input concerning the...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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7 April 2017|
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Response from SuzeePee | Reviewed this property |
To see the house, you have to be on a tour, which takes about an hour (although with questions, can run a bit longer). The visitor's center has a few small exhibits and a gift shop. Two hours will do it. It's a fantastic... More
19 October 2016|
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Response from mojoWashingtonDC | Reviewed this property |
The parking lot is very close to the Visitors Center, where you are required to start. Then you must cross the street and walk a short distance to see the cottage. You do have to walk up one flight of stairs inside; if that... More
26 December 2015|
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Response from dcr1837 | Reviewed this property |
Yes: you can buy ahead - and pay a service fee for the convenience; or you can buy them onsite.