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.

November 22, 2014 - February 28​, 2016
Undying Words:  Lincoln 1858-1865​
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
The opening of our next new exhibit:  Undying Words:  Lincoln 1858-1865 will be on November 22, 2014.  The exhibit will explore Lincoln's changing views through five key speeches.  The exhibit is a collaboration with the Chicago History Museum and will feature amazing artifacts and interactive stations.  A section of this exhibit will focus on the assassination of our 16th president.

December 4, 2015 - May 31, 2016
From the Stacks:  St. Mary's School for Girls
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Ghost Queue
T​his temporary exhibit features items from the presidential library's Illinois collection that highlight a prestigious small college called St. Mary's School for Girls, which operated from 1868 to 1935 in Knoxville, Illinois.  Museum admission required.

January 15-April 30, 2016
Art in the Atrium
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Until April 30, in collaboration with the Springfield based Prairie Art Alliance, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library will host a display of original works from local and area artists in the Library Atrium.  It is comprised of 22 pieces, including water color, pastel, oil, and acrylic paintings, as well as photographs.  There are also ten 3 dimensional pieces, including Ceramics and sculptures.  The installation includes information on the artists and the Prairie Arts Alliance.  Additional information may be obtained by contacting Corrin McWhirter at 544-2787, Director of the Alliance.  FREE

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.  

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.​