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.

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

April 15 – September 5
Unfinished Work Exhibit​
Where: Illinois Gallery in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
Hurry! This exhibit is only open April 15 – May 15, 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.

April 8, 11, 14, 15, 21, 29
May 6, 20, 27
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
One Destiny 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.

May 26, 2016
Charles Stozier Book Signing and Discussion
Where: Abraham Lincoln​ Presidential Museum - Union Theater
Author Charles B. Stozier 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.​