ALPLM offers free sensory friendly event April 18


Continuing its “Abe for All” initiative, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will offer a sensory friendly event for people who may be overwhelmed by intense light, strong sounds and large crowds.

The free event runs 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18. While it coincides with Autism Awareness Month, everyone is welcome to attend.

Audio will be lowered throughout the museum, and lighting will be adjusted to reduce extremes and create a more fluid atmosphere. Guests can use the ALPLM’s “busy bags,” which include a variety of tools that can make visits more pleasant for people who get overwhelmed by museum environments. A “quiet room” will be available for people who need a break.

More information regarding our sensory friendly accommodations, as well as other resources available for guests, can be found at

With its “Abe for All” initiative, the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum seeks to learn how it can be more welcoming to people with a wide variety of abilities.

“The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is proud to share the story of America’s greatest president. We want every person to fully appreciate his legacy, and that means we are committed to improving accessibility for all,” said the ALPLM’s executive director, Christina Shutt.

The mission of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is to inspire civic engagement through the diverse lens of Illinois history and sharing with the world the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. We pursue this mission through a combination of rigorous scholarship and high-tech showmanship built on the bedrock of the ALPLM’s unparalleled collection of historical materials.

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