Please click here to view the 2016 At-A-Glance list of upcoming events.

Lincoln:  From History to Hollywood​
Where: Union Station at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Complex.
This new exhibit will include key sets, costumes, and props from the movie Lincoln. History to Hollywood will be FREE from Dec. 6 – 12 as part of the commemoration of the ratification of the 13th Amendment. Also please note that History to Hollywood will be closed from Dec. 13 – 18th for artifact changes and cleaning.

June 3 - November 30, 2016
From the Stacks - Neiman: Portraits
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Ghost Queue
This temporary exhibit features artwork and other items donated and/or loaned to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation by the LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Foundation as well as the "272 Words" writings from former President Jimmy Carter and Civil Rights activist Julian Bond--two individuals who became further immortalized by Neiman as subjects on the featured canvases.  Museum admission​ required.

May 13-August 31, 2016
Art in the Atrium
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum announces the second art exhibit of the Art in the Atrium series. The Sangamon Watercolor Society, founded in 1986, promotes the art and appreciation of watercolor painting, presents opportunities for continuing education and the exhibition of artwork, and offers the enjoyment of association with fellow watercolor enthusiasts. For more information on the Sangamon Watercolor Society, please visit their website at www. ​Sangamon Watercolor Society. FREE

April 15 – September 5, 2016
Unfinished Work Exhibit​​
Where: Illinois Gallery in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
Hurry! This exhibit is only open April 15 – September 5, 2016! Just as the Taper Collection spans the breadth of Lincoln’s life, some of our generous donors have underwritten a multiplicity of artifacts to ensure that they remain at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for the public to study and enjoy in perpetuity. Manuscripts, books, the arts, the real lives … new approaches and fresh angles to the Lincoln story in the expansive space of our biggest gallery.

June-August 2016 - Tuesdays only
Abe and Mary:  Quite Contrary (Walking Tour)
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Gateway
Join us on this one-hour walking tour encompassing Abe and Mary's turbulent relationship, from a failed engagement to becoming President and First Lady.  Along the way, we will reveal the places and people that helped their relationship blossom, and occasionally, drove them apart.  Time: 10:00am and 1:30pm.  Free, reservations are ​required.  Reserve tickets on line. 

June-October 2016 - 2nd and 4th Wednesday
Scholarship meets Showmanship (Walking Tour)​
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Join us on a 45 minute walking tour of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Complex.  See firsthand why the creator of the museum​, Bob Rogers of BRC Imagination Arts, describes us as an institution where "Scholarship meets Showmanship."  How does Union Station relate to Lincoln? Discover just how much history is held within the library walls.  The tour will begin and end at the Information Desk in the museum.     
Time: 10:00am and 1:30pm.  Free, reservations are required.   Reserve tickets on line.

July 10 - August 10, 2016
Backpack Drive
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
July 10 - August 10, 2016, bring in a sturdy new backpack and get free admission.  The backpacks will be donated to needy families in the Springfield School District​ 186.

July 1, 8, 15, 29, 30
One Destiny
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum will open on dates listed above – all shows at 1:30 p.m.  Tickets are free (museum admission required) and are available at the theater two hours prior to the show.  Performances will continue throughout the spring and summer; visit the ALPLM website for dates and times.

November 11, 2016
Veterans Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
In honor of our military the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is having free admission for active military and veterans on Veterans' Day. Special​ programming to be announced.

September 22, 2016​
Lincoln and the Fighter Pilot?
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
General John Borling spent 6 1/2 years as a POW in the infamous Hanoi Hilton.  Join us as he discusses a life of service to his country, recites poems composed while a POW, and shares his unique perspective on life, service and leadership, while exploring Lincoln and the Fighter Pilot?  ​Book signing at 6:00pm. Presentation at 6:30pm.  Reserve tickets on line.

September 17, 2016​
Pets in the White House
Where: Union Square Park
Join the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and the Animal Protective League as we celebrate Presidential Pets.  This is a free family event which will feature:  Presidential pet discussions, pet parade and contests, pet demonstrations, face painting, pet adoptions, and sidewalk vendors.  11:00am - 2:00pm  This is a free event.  Please click here for more information.

August 27, 2016
Civil War Tech:  Back to School 
Where: Union Square Park
Celebrate the end of summer with Civil War Tech:  Back to School.  Play games and do hands-on activities featuring all twelve themes explored during the program series including telegraphs, railroads, Gatling​ Guns, and germs.  10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Free. Reserve tickets on line.
August 20, 2016​
Gordon Leidner Book Signing
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Gift Store
Gordon Leidner will be in the Museum Gift Store signing books on Saturday, August 20 from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  He will be signing his new book "Conversations with Lincoln."  This is a free event.   

August 10, 2016
Family Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum tells Abraham Lincoln's life through objects and pictures.  How would you tell your story? Design and make artwork telling the story of you.   Museum admission is required.

August 6, 2016
Civil War Tech:  Bite the Bullet (Student Workshop)
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library​
Did soldiers really “bite the bullet” during surgery? Take part in a medical demonstration that will show you the science and beliefs at work during Civil War surgeries. Civil War Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum thanks to generous support from AT&T.  E-Ticket must be presented for entry (printed or on digital device.) Reserve tickets on line.

August 5, 2016​
Vocal Point
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Vocal Point is Brigham Young's premiere nine-man a cappella ensemble.  For 20 years, Vocal Point has wowed audiences with their vocal firepower, innovative arrangements and remarkable vocal percussion.  Don't miss this amazing performance.  Performance will begin at 12:15pm.  ​Museum admission is required.  

August 1, 2016​
Birthday Party for Robert Todd Lincoln
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Outside main entrance
Come celebrate Robert Lincoln's birthday and try your hand at his favorite sport - golf!  Practice your swing on a mini-golf hole and then learn about his family members who celebrated his birthday with him. 10:00am - 2:00pm  Free Event.  

July 27​, 2016
Backpack Grab 'N Go
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
In partnership with local TV Channel 20 throughout the month, ALPLM will give you a voucher for free admission to the Museum for every new Backpack you donate to a needy student. On July 27, you won't even have to leave your car!  Just drive up, we will greet you and give you a voucher for free admission to the Museum for every backpack you donate.  5:00am - 6:30pm
July 26, 2016
Movie:  All Quiet on the Western Front
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
All Quite on the Western Front, the Academy Award winning movie released by Universal Studios in 1930, is an adaptation of the classic anti-war novel by the same name, written by German author Erich Maria Remarque.  Banned by the Nazis, the film is the definitive look at the horrors of trench warfare during World War I, an even after 85 years, is a powerfully moving portrayal of that war.  Museum will open at 6:00pm.  Movie will begin at 6:30pm.  E-Ticket must be presented for entry.  (printed or on digital device.)​  Reserve tickets on line.
July 23, 2016​
Singer/songwriter Ben Bedford
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Singer/ Songwriter Ben Bedford will perform in the museum Plaza from 1:00pm - 2:00pm.  Museum admission required.​
July 23, 2016
10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Band 
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Band will perform in the museum Plaza from 11:00am - 12:00pm.  Museum admission required.​
July 16, 2016
My Old House Tea
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Enjoy a three-course tea featuring a celebration of the houses we call home, featuring a look back at what the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s collection can tell us about domestic architecture. Tickets are $35, seating is limited. Reserve tickets online.

July 14, 2016
Trench Warfare - Anatomy of a World War I Battle
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Union Theater
The Western Front during World War I was defined by two unbroken lines of trenches and a deadly no-man's land in between, dominated by machine guns and artillery.  Dr. Mark DePue will examine the inability of the generals on both side to break out of the trenches.  Event is free but reservations are required.  Presentation will begin at 6:00pm.  Reserve tickets on line.

July 10, 2016
Civil War Tech:  Home or Hospital (Student Workshop)
Where: Abraham Lincoln​ Presidential Library
When someone gets hurt today, they go to the hospital.  Before the Civil War, sick and injured people were taken care of at home.  Learn about the different ways remedies were used and how the use of hospitals grew during the Civil War.  How were injuries and illnesses evaluated for the best treatment? Space is limited, so RSVP today.  Parents and siblings are welcome to participate when extra supplies are available.  Civil War Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum thanks to generous support from AT&T.  E-Ticket must be presented for entry​ (printed or on digital device.)  Reserve tickets on line.​

June 27, 2016
Sliders Day in the Park
Where: Union Square Park
Come meet you Springfield Sliders at the Sliders Day in the Park.  There will be fun games:  Wiffleball​, Helmet bean bag catch and Run Down. Also crafts, food, giveaways and guess your pitching speed.  There will be  Springfield Sliders Tickets given away every hour.  Come and enjoy a free day in the park! 

June 24, 2016
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
BYU's newest a capella group, Noteworthy, delivers a power-packed concert that combines vocal percussion, humor and a tight harmony. This all female ensemble has appeared on NBC's The Sing Off and was crowned ICCA champions in 2007.  The group's varied repertoire includes rock, pop, country, jazz, R&B, spiritual and other musical styles.  Time:  12:15pm  Museum admission is required.

June 10, 2016
Family Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
In honor of the US Flag Day, June 14, come to the museum and learn about the US Flag, others nations' flags, the symbolism and colors, and create your own flag.   Museum admission is required.

June 10, 2016
Folk Dance Ensemble
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
With a beautiful array of ethnic costumes, the Folk Dance Ensemble presents a concert program of dances from more than a dozen nations, including Ukraine, Russia, Korea, Poland and Mexico and the United States.  Since 1964 the ensemble has represented the United States and American culture at folk dance festivals throughout the world.  Time:  12:15pm  Museum admission is required.

June 4​, 2016
Civil War Tech:  Germy Germs (Student Workshop)
Where: Abraham Lincoln​ Presidential Library
What exactly are germs and how do they spread disease?  Today we'll learn about the fascinating and sometimes gross lives of germs. Student ages 8-12 are welcome.  Space is limited, so RSVP today.  Parents and siblings are welcome to participate when extra supplies are available.  Civil Ware Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum thanks to generous support from AT&T.  E-Ticket must be presented for entry​ (printed or on digital device.)  Reserve tickets on line.

May 26, 2016
Charles Strozier Book Signing and Discussion
Where: Abraham Lincoln​ Presidential Museum - Union Theater
Author Charles B. Strozier signs his new book, "Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln."  The book is a rich analysis of one of the most important friendships in American history, that of Joshua Speed and Abraham Lincoln​.  Museum will open at 6:00 pm.  Book signing will begin at 6:00 pm.  Discussion will begin at 6:30 pm.  Museum journeys and galleries will be open.  Reserve tickets on line.

May 10, 2016
Family Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
To commemorate military appreciation month during May's Family Day program, create cards and write letters thanking our troops for their service.  In​ recognition of the 99th anniversary of the United States entering World War I, discover how soldiers were honored and commemorated. All letters and cards will go to Illinois soldiers serving in the military.  Museum admission is required.

May 7​, 2016
Civil War Tech:  Balloons
Where: Abraham Lincoln​ Presidential Library
Considered by some to be a useless newfangled eccentricity, gas balloons proved their worth by providing a bird's eye view of the enemy's resources and movements.  Can you make a balloon that floats?  Reserve tickets on line.

April 10, 2016
Family Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Looking for another reason to come to the ALPLM? Look no further! For Family Day we will host Pack Your Bag activity table and a photo area where participants can pose for a photo with the General Grant and General McClellan statues. Various games available and become a newspaper editor. Museum admission required.

April 4, 2016
Tad Lincoln’s Birthday
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
You are invited to Tad Lincoln’s birthday party. Pack your Bag activity table, Tad’s Fort with a telescope building activity, and a make your own origami frog activity followed by frog racing competition. A historian will talk about Tad Lincoln at 11am and 2pm. Museum admission required.

April 2​, 2016
Civil War Tech - Artillery Corps 
Where: Union Square Park
Civil War weaponry was complicated.  Today we'll learn the steps and science behind Civil War muskets and cannons.  Ages 8-12 welcome. Reserve tickets online.

March 19 – 31, 2016; 9am – 5pm
FREE ADMISSION to “Lincoln: History to Hollywood”
Where: Union Station
Guests are encouraged to bring a food item that will be donated to the Central Illinois Food Bank. Receive free admission that day to the exclusive exhibit: “Lincoln: History to Hollywood,” currently on display, which presents key sets, costumes and props from the award-winning Steven Spielberg film, Lincoln. Free. Reservations required. Reserve tickets on line.​

March 5​, 2016
Civil War Tech - Gatling Guns
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
This rapid fire weapon was a predecessor​ to the machine gun, and it was first used during the Civil War.  Using rubber bands and other household items, we'll explore the physics behind this modern invention.  Ages 8-12 welcome.  Free  Reservations required. Reserve tickets on line.​

March 3​, 2016
Stephen Harrigan Book discussion and signing
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Union Theater
Stephen Harrigan will sign copies and then discuss his new novel, A Friend of Mr. Lincoln ( Knopf).  The author paints a vivid portrait of Abraham Lincoln and his circle in the Black Hawk War, in Springfield, and on the circuit in the 1830s-50s.  Applauded already by the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times, the author's sixth book furthers the acclaim that began with The Gates of the Alamo:  A Novel (2000).  Museum will open at 6:00pm. Book Signing will begin at 6:00pm.  Discussion​ will begin at 6:30pm.  Museum journeys and galleries will be open.  Event is free but reservations are required. Reserve tickets on line.​

February 16​, 2016
Leap into Lincoln with the Springfield Ballet Company
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Plaza"
Leap into Lincoln is an educational opportunity for fourth and fifth grade students to experience firsthand, the various styles of dance in Abraham Lincoln's lifetime.  In our Central Plaza, students will watch live performances by the Springfield Ballet Company as they learn about the history of each dance style. All guests may attend the Ballet performances FREE with paid museum admission​.

February 14​, 2016
Junior Blues Family Day Event
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Got Ice, Got Hockey?  We Have History!  Come meet your 2015-2016 Springfield Junior Blues Team.  Join in the fun with interactive games, stories, and much more.  Free Library event.  Museum admission discount available for attending event.

February 12, 2016; 9am – 5pm
FREE ADMISSION Lincoln’s Birthday
Where: Museum
We will commemorate Lincoln’s birthday with Living History characters, musicians, including the 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Band, and other special events. We will also put on display three special objects from our Lincoln Vault. Through the end of 2016, view Lincoln’s famous top hat and Mary’s music box. For a limited time, from February 12 through February 28, we will have on public display the Gettysburg Address written in Lincoln’s own hand.  

February 10​, 2016
Family Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Looking for another reason to come to the ALPLM?  Look no further!  Join us on the tenth of each month for family friendly fun.  In honor of Lincoln's birthday, make a Lincoln top hat and other presidential crafts you can take home.  Museum admission required.

February 6​, 2016
Civil War Tech - Ironclads
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
During the Civil​ War, both the Union and the Confederacy clamored for ships with metal armor-Ironclads--that offered better protection that the age-old wooden ship.  Today we'll build our own "ship" and put them to the test!  Ages 8-12 welcome.  Free  Reservations required.  Reserve tickets on line.​

January 3,10, 17, 18, 24, 31, 2016
Community Days "Let's Have a Ball"
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Furthering our commitment to the community, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois.  Every Sunday in January and on Monday, January 18 entire families can visit the museum for just $10 if they bring a new basketball or volleyball to help support the Boys & Girls Club stock their equipment room.  If you become a member, get $10 off for donating a new basketball or volleyball.  

January 21, 2016
Bernard Sieracki, “A Just Cause”
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Union Theater
In "A Just Cause," author Bernard Sieracki delivers a dynamic firsthand account of this eight-week political crisis, beginning with Rod Blagojevich’s arrest in December 2008, continuing through his impeachment and trial, and culminating in his conviction and removal from office. Sieracki tells the compelling story of the first time Illinois successfully removed a governor from office. Museum will open at 6:00pm. Book signing at 6:00pm and Panel Discussion at 6:30pm with House Minority Leader (and then ranking GOP member of the House impeachment committee) Jim Durkin and Senator Andy Manar.  Reservations required.  Reserve tickets on line.

January 10​, 2016
Family Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Looking for another reason to come to the ALPLM?  Look no further!  Join us on the tenth of each month for family friendly fun.  This month we we'll make 19th century toys from items you use around the house--just like kids did in the 1800s.  Museum admission is required.

January 9​, 2016
Civil War Tech - Submarines
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Under the pressure of the United States Navy, the Confederacy turned to Captain Horace Hunley's hand-cranked submarine to break through an impermeable blockade.  Can you create a waterproof submersible?  Ages 8-12 welcome.   Free but reservation are required.  Reserve tickets on line.​