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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 1 week ago via mobile

I didn’t realize this summer home was in DC. It was a wonderful, interesting visit to this historic place. The small tour is excellent, led by a historian with a sense of humor. If you like history, the development of the area as a home...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just when you think you’ve been to most of the museums in the DC area, a new one pops up. Opened in 2008, I had not heard about President Lincoln’s Cottage on the grounds of the “Old Soldiers Home” on Rock Creek Church Park. The...More

Thank GLaSota
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great find while visiting somewhere different while in DC. The tour of the house takes about an hour. There is a small visitors center to tour. We had a very enthusiastic and knowledge tour guide. His name was Curtis. There is plenty of free parking...More

1  Thank AP10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A simple and bucolic setting right in the middle of Washington DC. Lincoln's cabin is a must visit for any true fan of Lincoln history. You can almost imagine the great President roaming to meadows and grassy hills of DC before its population explosion.

1  Thank barymad
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I had a nice time here. Booked my tour through TripAdvisor. The guide was very informative and the tour took maybe an hour. Nice place to visit and hear stories of Abraham Lincoln.. It was a real privilege

Thank Whiterabbit9
Reviewed 7 December 2017

A true piece of American history, this fine museum is a must visit. Located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in NW Washington, it is quite a beautiful setting. President Lincoln spent a great deal of his time in office here, and...More

1  Thank D0ug88
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

We made a point to visit Lincoln’s Cottage while in the area for a family wedding. The tour was well done, unique, and informative. The impact of the importance of the events that occurred there have changed history. Lincoln and his family lived there for...More

Thank karenmc90
Reviewed 26 November 2017

Great hour long plus tour with guide Kevin. Very informative about President Lincoln and family. Beautiful hillside setting next to National Cemetary. House was empty of Lincoln's furnishings otherwise would have received an excellent review. Small museum in visitors building was nice with gift shop...More

Thank geb7230
Reviewed 6 November 2017

This was our first visit to the Lincoln Cottage and we are glad that we took the tour. Neat displays in the museum prepare you for the time period that Lincoln spent here. Our tour guide was excellent, as she explained the cottage's role during...More

Thank 86MissyJ
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Came here for a dinner meeting. Great outdoor setting for cocktails. Toured the house-important historical site. Gorgeous grounds. Dinner in a tent was tasty.

Thank Lpallan
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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 Maura K | 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.