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Address: 410 E Jackson St, Springfield, IL 62701-1799
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+1 217-782-2525

Historic Governor's mansion.

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This is a great example of how Illinois wastes it's money. Provide a great mansion for our governor to live in and not a one has lived in the mansion for many years.

Reviewed 30 March 2017
Springfield, Illinois
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Springfield, Illinois
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66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This is a great example of how Illinois wastes it's money. Provide a great mansion for our governor to live in and not a one has lived in the mansion for many years.

1 Thank Hickuba
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194 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

The mansion is nice. We were not able to see some of the guest rooms due to remodeling. The rooms we did see were pretty. All decorated for Christmas.

1 Thank CruiserIllinois
Elmwood Park, Illinois
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319 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Visited during previous governor's term and it was a disgrace to the taxpayers of Illinois. Considering the luminaries (Lincoln, Roosevelt etc...) that have either lived or visited, I am ashamed to call it the executive mansion. It is still a beautiful historic site very much worth the visit. Just be aware that the decline started several governors ago (he is... More 

1 Thank Abenture
Wheaton, Illinois
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18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Tour guide knowledgeable, tour interesting. Doesn't take long. Home has beautiful details and stunning woodwork.

Thank MNoreen
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55 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

As a lover of Springfield, this is a very difficult review to write. I'll start with the ONLY things good. From the outside, it is beautiful with lush gardens. The guide (forgot his name) was very kind and apologetic. The tour was technically free, although the ONLY reason I extended my hotel stay was so I could get in on... More 

Thank Calguy64
Chicago, Illinois
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78 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Thad our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. The house was pretty lovely considering how old it is. It was an easy enter easy exit, dont forget to bring your ID with you. No purses or bags so leave them in the car, also no photography inside but the courtyard is fine. Stop by the koi fountain and give... More 

Thank Carl G
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7 reviews
Reviewed 27 July 2016

The building needs major work which has been put off for years due to inadequate state budgets and lack of funds for repair. As an Illinois resident and a local one at that, this is embarrassing for the state.

Thank David F
Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

You can't bring in backpacks or purses, only an ID. No pictures are allowed inside. The guide, Jennifer, was only on her 6th tour and a delight. She was excited about her information and it showed. The mansion is now 47,000 sq feet. That is double because one of the governors had 6 kids and no place to put them.... More 

1 Thank Grammanator
Decatur, Illinois
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80 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

You have to be there right at the top of the hour or half hour. You will stand outside until someone comes to get you. It is free. The rooms are worth seeing, but they do not allow photography. Plus there didn't seem to be anyplace to buy a brochure on what you saw -- no pictures anyplace.

1 Thank janrteach20
Houston, Texas
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Don't miss this free tour of the Governor's mansion. The docent-lead tour is so informative. You are permitted to take all the photos you want of the outside. None inside. There is so much history to experience. Allow an hour. You won't regret this tour!

1 Thank MarshaW51

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