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Experience history like never before. Step inside key moments in Lincoln's life, from triumph to tragedy. Explore immersive displays and shows that drive home the human costs of slavery and war. Connect with Lincoln and his family through artifacts that can't be found anywhere else in the world. You'll feel like you're walking in Lincoln's shoes.

Special Exhibits

The State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois
Lincoln's Life in Letters

Solidarity Now! 1968 Poor People’s Campaign

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Lincoln Quotes

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

Abraham Lincoln | November 19, 1863

Research and Collections

Research Division

Research activity including the Papers of Abraham Lincoln.

Oral History

Preserving the stories of Illinois' citizens through spoken word.


Delve into our collections about Lincoln and the Prairie State.


Hands down best museum displays we've seen.

Hands down best museum displays we've seen. The detail in backdrops, views thru windows, artwork etc are impressive, even subtle sounds in the background. The human figures are absolutely unbelievable and set perfect. Movies are well done and plenty of artifacts. Lots of pictures, posters and signs to read and learn. I thought the prices were high but when done my only complaint is there wasn't more to see. We spent exactly 2 hours there. A must see.

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