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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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You are welcome to wander around at your leisure. This is a beautiful building, and it is so... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Michelle F
Saint Charles, Illinois
A pre-breakfast stroll from my hotel. Most impressive.

The location of this imposing building is in central Springfield with some interesting shops and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kings Cliffe, Peterborough, Uk
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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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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You are welcome to wander around at your leisure. This is a beautiful building, and it is so interesting to be able to see where both President Lincoln and President Obama each announced their presidential candidacies.

Thank Michelle F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location of this imposing building is in central Springfield with some interesting shops and statuary.

Thank Skybolt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the restored old Capitol building, where Lincoln and many other politicians served. It is fee--but leave a donation to help with the upkeep. You really feel like Lincoln just stepped out for a minute (though the building does have air-conditioning, unlike in his...More

1  Thank kgilbert78
Reviewed 11 November 2017

Very well preserved and presented site where President Lincoln served as a state legislator and ultimately lay in state before his burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery after his assassination.

Thank bmchardy
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The actual building where Lincoln gave the "House Divided" speech - as well as argued cases and generally politicked! Great to see all the meticulous work put into making the Old State Capitol authentic and interesting. Interpretive guides and reenactors are there with regularity. Great...More

Thank csdubya
Reviewed 5 November 2017

The tour guide we had was wonderful and made the tour a memorable experience. There is no admission fee although donations are accepted. It was in this old capitol building that Lincoln delivered his "house divided" speech in 1858 and where his body lay in...More

Thank treeface
Reviewed 2 November 2017

Our family walked through the two levels of the Old State Capitol in Springfield and had a wonderful time. What a great look at history, and Lincoln's beginnings. You can easily park your car right outside the building (metered parking) and there is no charge...More

Thank Jennifer K
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We were wondering around and came into a tour that was taking place and followed along. The tour guide was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and articulate. She was just amazing. We came in behind a larger group of school children and the guide was...More

Thank CasualTravelSR
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Knowing that President Lincoln was a statesman at this building and even though they have a newer capitol building gives me respect to Illinois for keeping this building for others to appreciate it's history .

Thank 341jlb61
Reviewed 26 October 2017

This stop was an unexpected treat — we walked through this painstakingly restored former State Capitol on our way to the current State Capitol. Lincoln tried many cases here, so it sets the historical context for other Lincoln sites. We enjoyed the authentic furnishings and...More

Thank Barbara R
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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.
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
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.