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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.

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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.


Captures the complexity of the moment in which Lincoln rose to guide the country.

A vital institution and must-visit site. The museum helps humanize an American legend, captures the complexity of the moment in which Lincoln rose to guide the country through its darkest moments, and illustrates how President Lincoln was both a moral leader and savvy politician. The curators have arranged the exhibits in a very thoughtful manner. Lots of information to digest and food for thought from the visit.