For information about the library and museum please contact:(800) 610-2094 or (217) 558-8844
Yes, (217) 558-8934 or online @ https://alplm.tix.com/
MUSEUM — 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM DAILYCLOSED — New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
LIBRARY PUBLIC AND RESEARCH HOURSMONDAY — FRIDAY — 9:00 AM — 5:00 PMSATURDAY — CLOSEDSUNDAY — CLOSED
Library Exhibit viewing is open daily, closed the same days as the museum.
Appointments are necessary for research in the Manuscripts, Audiovisual, and Lincoln Collections. Please make arrangements by telephone.
Manuscripts: (217) 558-8855Audiovisual: (217) 785-7955Lincoln Collection: (217) 785-7954
Security Enhancement Measures
Library Building - All library visitors must check items, including but not limited to personal items, carrying cases, purses, coats, food, and beverages, in a locker. Lockers are available free of charge. Library visitors performing research are invited to bring a laptop, notes and required amounts of unbound paper, and writing implements into the research areas. Museum Building – No backpacks, large bags, food, beverages, candy, or gum are allowed in the Museum. Lockers are available for the cost of .25 cents.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Parking is available in the Museum Parking Garage, located on the corner of Sixth and Madison Streets. The rate is 75 cents per 1/2 hour or $1.50 per hour. Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
The Library has no admission charge. The Museum's admission fee is:
Ticket price includes admission to the all exhibit areas and both theater presentations.
Members of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation always get in free. It's easy to become a member by visiting http://www.alplm.org/foundation/benefits.html!
To become a member of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, you can use our secure membership page at http://www.alplm.org/foundation/benefits.html or you may call us at (217) 557-6250 or email email@example.com.
Members enjoy many privileges throughout the year, including free admissions with every visit, publications and advance notice of upcoming events, discounts to events, and Members Only opportunities for fun and scholarship.
The admission fee can be waived for school/college groups holding a valid reservation made through Visit Springfield on their Group Travel Reservation Request page. All other scheduled groups of 15 or more guests get discounts.
Yes, all group visits of 15 or more must be scheduled through through Visit Springfield on their Group Travel Reservation Request page. Visit Springfield is available by telephone at 217-789-2360. http://www.visit-springfieldillinois.com
If you want to avoid possible lines at the Journeys or theaters, schedule your visit Sundays and Mondays, or from mid-November through the first of March.
The multi-screen, multi-stage special effects Union Theater presentation, "Lincoln's Eyes" runs [approximately] 17 minutes and tells Lincoln's story through the eyes of an artist painting Lincoln's portrait. The Holavision® Theater's "Ghosts of the Library" presentation is [approximately] 9 minutes and answers the questions: "Why does history matter? Why do we save all this old stuff?" (Strobe lighting and loud noises are associated with Union Theater.)
Each theater is equipped with ADA devices for both the hearing and visually impaired. Our enhanced audio device boosts the show's soundtrack, while the visual device provides an audio narration of the show's action. Also available for the deaf are reader boards, which provide closed caption.
Both theater presentations run continually throughout the day. Check the posted show schedule at each theater upon arrival to assist in planning your visit.
For both theater presentations we offer translated scripts in French, German, Spanish and Japanese. To request a copy at the Museum, locate a staff member outside the theater to assist you.
The 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.
Mrs. Lincoln's Attic is a hands-on play area for children ages 3-12 and their families. School students with their chaperone are welcome but, once maximum capacity is reached, entrance will be stopped with preference given to visiting families.
The permanent exhibit is comprised of two "Journeys," two Theaters, a Treasures Gallery, Mrs. Lincoln's Attic and Ask Mr. Lincoln. These total more than 40,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art exhibitory.
The Registrar is at (217) 558-8925.
To properly conserve our artifacts and other objects on display the temperature at the Museum must be maintained at 70 degrees. This makes the Museum feel a little cooler during the summer months. We recommend wearing a sweater.
Flash photography is allowed in the Plaza and Mrs. Lincoln’s Attic. Non-flash photography and videotaping is allowed in the Journeys and Galleries. No photography or videotaping allowed in the theaters. The use of selfie sticks are prohibited.
Yes. Educators may download or print a complimentary educator pass from our web site at Online_Educator_Pass.pdf to use in preparation for an upcoming school trip. Passes cannot be used on the date of a scheduled school tour and must be accompanied by a valid teacher identification card or a letter from a school administrator on school letterhead.
Yes, complimentary wheelchairs and strollers are available. You can request these services at the will-call desk.
Yes, SUBWAY® offers in-house dining daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Yes, conveniently located across from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is Union Square Park. Picnic tables are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Click here for more information.
Yes, the Museum Store has thousands of items for sale. Among the more popular items are books, souvenirs, apparel, and toys. Visit the museum store online today!
It is suggested to allow at least 2 ½ to 3 hours for your visit.
No, the Museum is designed to be a self-guided experience.
The Presidential Library is a research library, not a public library. Researchers should check in at the front desk for direction to appropriate departments.
No. A library card is not needed as materials cannot be checked out like at traditional libraries. ALPL money cards are available to researchers who desire to use copying or printing services.
Yes. The Presidential Library is a public, non-circulating research library, specializing in Abraham Lincoln and all of Illinois history. Collections include books, pamphlets, maps, and periodicals; photographs, films, tapes, and broadsides; manuscripts; and Illinois newspapers on microfilm. The library contains extensive resources on the Civil War and many publications useful for genealogical research, as well as the renowned Henry Horner Lincoln Collection.
Ian Hunt — Chief of Acquisitions is at (217) 524-5939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, appointments are recommended for research in the Manuscripts, Audiovisual, and Lincoln collections. Please make arrangements prior to your visit by calling:
Manuscripts (217) 785-7942; Audiovisual (217) 785-7955; Lincoln Collection (217) 785-7954.
The most current information is always available on this Web site: presidentlincoln.Illinois.gov or for more information about the library and museum please contact (800) 610-2094 or (217) 558-8844.
Yes. We are pleased to offer locations within the Library and Museum for business meetings, conferences, receptions, dinners and other events.
Our Facilities Rental Office would like to speak with you to provide information on our rental program. Please contact our Facilities Rental Manager at 217-558-8873 (phone); 217-557-0730 (fax); or Britta.email@example.com (e-mail).
Union Square Park, directly across the street from the Museum, has been the location of many free events and performances, including the 33rd Illinois Vol. Regiment Band and the 10th Illinois Vol. Cavalry Regiment Band (both Civil War re-enactment groups); Mary Lincoln's Strawberry Party (a summertime family event); July 4th celebration, New Century Orchestra, Springfield International Folk Dancers, and many more musical performances throughout the year.
Download the Union Square Park Permit.
Yes. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is near several other historic sites: the Old State Capitol, Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices and Lincoln's Home are just blocks away. The Dana — Thomas House, Vachel Lindsay Home, Governor's Mansion and the State Capitol are also within walking distance.
The Presidential Library and Museum is owned and operated by the State of Illinois.
Chris Wills — Public Information Officer is at (217) 558-8970 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum offers non-paid internship opportunities within a variety of departments in both the Library and Museum to qualified college students, recent graduates, or graduate students. Interns from all majors and interests are encouraged to apply. For more information and an application, visit the Education section of the website at http://www.alplm.org/education/interns.html.
Our wonderful volunteer corps performs a variety of key functions for the Museum and Library. Each volunteer works a minimum of eight hours a month; must participate in an initial orientation and training period; and helps the public while enjoying fantastic opportunities for personal growth through continuing education and experiences. For more information call (217) 558-8872.