Groups of 15 or more: Please go on-line and access the Group Tour Reservation Request Login at the Springfield Convention and Visitors' Bureau website http://www.visitspringfieldillinois.com. If you have not created an account before you will need to do so before you can make a reservation. Changes to your tours may be made at this website.
Groups of 14 or less: Please contact Tonya Lacy at Tonya.Lacy@illinois.gov or 217.558.8939 to schedule your visit.Please Note: School sponsored group tours (15 people or more) scheduled through the Springfield Convention and Visitors' Bureau will be complimentary during the months of June - February. The ALPLM will require one chaperone per every 10 (ten) students. This policy will be strictly enforced. These chaperones will receive complimentary admission. Additional chaperones will be asked to pay ($12.00) upon arrival and check in separately from the group. During March - May there is a $4.00 per student fee. The ALPLM does not invoice for additional chaperones.
Free Educator PassClick here to download information on the Free Educator Pass.
Preparing For Your School TourThe goal of our Education Department is to provide your class with the highest possible quality Museum experience. We encourage you to download our Visit Resource Guides which include pre-visit, in-house, and post-visit activities designed to enhance your visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Complex. The Museum Experience Teacher Resource Guide is specific for school tours of the Museum and includes a Museum Questionnaire (scavenger hunt).
With generous support from the John Ullrich Foundation, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation will provide field trip grants to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to 4th through 12th grade classes at public and private schools located in Moultrie, Coles, Douglas, Macon, and Piatt counties. Grants provide funding for students in eligible schools to visit the ALPLM at no or greatly reduced cost to the school district by covering or supplementing transportation costs, lunch costs, and any applicable student admission fees.
The purpose of the grant program is to offset the costs of visiting Lincoln's presidential museum during Illinois' bicentennial year and experiencing the museum's bicentennial exhibition, "From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama."
Applications are being accepted from January 18-February 7, 2018 for field trips between March 23-June 30, 2018.
John Ullrich Foundation Grant Application Materials: 2018 Ullrich Grant Application Form.pdf
The Winnick Family Foundation generously provides funding for transportation grant opportunities to certified classroom teachers nationwide. These grants can help put eligible schools on the road to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library/Museum where visitors are immersed in Lincoln's world and time through scholarship and showmanship.
***The application round for the 2018 Winnick Family Foundation Field Trip Grant is now closed.
Arrive at the theaters at least five minutes before show time. It is the chaperone's or group leader's responsibility to get your group to each theater at the appropriate time. Groups must remain together in the theaters.
ALPLM Field Trip RulesThe museum and its exhibits are designed for students in the 4th grade and up. Some of the exhibits and theater presentations may be disturbing for younger children. Strobes are used in the Union Theater presentation. No backpacks or large bags will be allowed. Umbrellas and bags exceeding a size limit of 11x16x8 must be left on the bus or checked. Headsets, personal stereos and other electronic equipment must be left on the bus or checked. Cell phones must be turned off. Students who text or use a cell phone as a light source in the theaters or exhibits may be escorted from the theater by Museum security. It is the chaperone's responsibility to see that students adhere to this policy. Non-flash photography is allowed in all exhibit areas of the museum. No photography, including cell phones, is allowed in the theaters. As a sign of respect to our 16th President, please remove all hats, hoodies, and other head coverings unless worn for medical or religious reasons. Use quiet voices in the museum.No food, beverages, candy or gum are allowed in the Museum. The Museum is a smoke-free facility. Bringing siblings of varying ages on scheduled school tours is strongly discouraged. The entire museum is monitored by video surveillance. Please do not touch the exhibits. Bus drivers accompanying a scheduled school group will receive complimentary admission.
Arrival InformationPlease arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. You have been scheduled for an EXACT tour time. Late arrivals may forfeit their tour. Early arrivals may not be granted entry until their scheduled tour time. Your bus will be met by an ALPM docent who will provide you with further instructions. Do not unload your bus before speaking with an ALPM docent. Busses will drop off students at the south end of the ALPM on Jefferson Street (one-way West). See map. Busses will pick up students on the west side of the ALPM on 6th Street (one way North). See map.
Bus ParkingBusses may park in a designated lot off 6th Street between Madison and Mason. Bus parking is free. A code is required to exit the lot. An ALPM staff person or docent will provide this code upon your arrival.