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News Release: Lincoln Presidential Library offers a Veterans Day gift

Military personnel and veterans can visit acclaimed museum free of charge on Nov. 11


SPRINGFIELD – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will say “thank you” to military personnel and veterans by offering them free admission on Veterans Day. Their families can also visit the acclaimed museum at reduced prices.


“We are inspired by what our veterans have done for us, and we want those heroes to be inspired by Abraham Lincoln’s life and words,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “Admitting veterans at no charge to the presidential museum on Veterans Day is, as Lincoln said 150 years ago at Gettysburg, ‘altogether fitting and proper.’”


The usual admission price for adults is $12, or $7 for active-duty military personnel. But on Monday, Nov. 11, veterans and members of the military with valid ID will be admitted free of charge.


Their spouses will get in for just $7, as will dependent children 16 and older. The price for younger children remains just $6.


The museum also will present a special display of uniforms, weapons and other military items, courtesy of the Illinois State Military Museum.


Visitors will be able to fill out “Boys in Blue” postcards featuring images of Civil War soldiers and send them to U.S. troops around the world. They can also tour “To Kill and To Heal,” the presidential museum’s exhibit on Civil War weapons and medicine. It closes at the end of November.


“America’s military personnel and their families sacrifice so much in service to this country. It’s a pleasure to be able to offer them a visit to this extraordinary museum as a small token of our gratitude,” said Amy Martin, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.


The museum, which mixes traditional exhibits with dramatic presentations and innovative technology to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln, is located at 212 N. Sixth Street, Springfield, Ill. For details, visit



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