Notice:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum date closures
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will be closed the following days:  Thanksgiving Day - November 24, 2016, Christmas Day - December 25, 2015, and New Years Day - January 1, 2017. ​

Lincoln:  From History to Hollywood​ 
Where: Union Station at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Complex.
The Full Experience package includes the new DreamWorks exhibit:  Lincoln:  From History to Hollywood (sets and costumes from the movie 'Lincoln', directed by Steven Spielberg) and museum admission. ​

September 28, 2016 - January 29, 2017
Rare and Rarely Seen Exhibit​​
Where: Illinois Gallery in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
​Discover hidden gems among the collections at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  Rare and Rarely Seen pulls back the curtain on the museum's collections and shares some of the many interesting but not often displayed treasures.  Items on display include actor Edwin Booth's ​Hamlet costume, a jersey from the 2013 Blackhawks team, a commission signed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe.  

December 2, 2016 - November 30, 2017
In Commemoration
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Ghost Queue
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of America's entry into WW I.  This Ghost Queue​ exhibit explores the war through one soldier's artifacts.   Museum admission​ required.

January 8, 15, 16, 22, and 29  2017
Community Day Discounts
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
A Community Discount will be given on every Sunday and Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in the month of January for anyone who buys and brings in a new board game to support the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Springfield Illinois. $10 admission for family of four with board game donation.  Not-for-profit groups which pre-schedule can receive free admission on January 16, by calling 217-558-8939.

February 7, 2017
Civil War Tech:  Blockade Runners
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Join us as we merge science and history, two areas of study not often united but undeniably connected.  
Families are invited to see first-hand the science and innovation of Civil War technology.
W​hen the Union Army set up a blockade to cut off the Confederated ports, southern officers built small fast-moving ships to move through the barrier.  Can you make a ship capable of escaping an enemy?  Students ages 8-12 are welcome to participate.  Limited number of spaces available.  Students must be checked in with the Civil War Tech instructor before their parents or guardian leave.  Civil War Tech program series is made possible thanks to generous support from AT&T.  Reserve tickets on line. 

February 2, 2017
Illinois' Greatest​ Story-Through Dogged Determination, Lincoln Transformed Himself on the Frontier
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Michael Burlingame and Robert Shaw will present a look into the development of their upcoming book entitled Improbable Ascent-The Frontier Years that Transformed Abraham Lincoln 1830-1837.  Building on their previous books, Burlingame and Shaw's new book focuses on Abraham Lincoln's transformation of the Illinois frontier-after arriving in Illinois leading an ox-wagon, March, 1830 until August, 1837, when he moves from New Salem to Springfield to join a law practice and continue his work in the Illinois legislature.  Museum will open at 6:00pm.  Museum Journeys and Galleries will be open.  Discussion begins at 6:30pm.  Book signing will begin at 6:00pm (they will be discussing their upcoming book but their previously published books will be available for sale).  E-Tickets must be presented for entry (printed or on digital device)  Reserve tickets on line. 

January 22, 2017
My Heart's Home
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Union Theater
This play with music, which premiered at Theatre-in-the- Park, Lincoln's New Salem, highlights poetry written late in life by Edgar Lee Masters, author of the American classic "Spoon River Anthology." Featuring Musicians Ann Bova, Sharon Graf, Mark Mathewson & Erich Schroeder. Compiled​ and Directed by Phil Funkenbusch.  Come early and see the death-mask of Masters' father, Hardin Masters, featured in the Rare and Rarely Seen exhibit.  Ticket allows entry into the Illinois Gallery, Rare and Rarely Seen, and the Play.  Play begins at 3:00pm. E-Tickets must be presented for entry. (Printed or on digital device)  Purchase tickets on line.    

January 16, 2017
Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. - Community Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Actor Reggie Guyton presents Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech" at 10:30am and 1:30pm in the Museum Plaza.  Along with the performance, there will be a static display in remembrance of Dr. King in the Museum Plaza.  Not-for-profit groups which have pre-schedule can receive free admission by calling 217-558-8939.    

January 12, 2017
Illinois History Discussion Group
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library 
Come join us to talk about history, culture, and people.  We will meet every other month in 2017.  The first discussion is moderated by Author Richard E. Hart on the book Lincoln's Springfield Neighborhood, by Bonnie E. Paull and Richard E. Hart.  The event is free and open to the public at the Library, Multi-Purpose Room.  Bring your lunch and enjoy a free book discussion.  12:00pm - No reservations required. Click here to view the flyer.