Journey 1

Explore Abraham Lincoln’s early life from his boyhood in a Kentucky cabin through his 1860 campaign for President of the United States.

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Journey 2

Abraham Lincoln achieved what many men only dreamed of when he won the presidency in 1860. But the country was in crisisthe Civil War would begin just weeks after his inauguration, and Lincoln would wrestle with the human toll of battle and of slavery. Family tragedy struck as well, with the death of son Willie in 1862. Cruel personal and political attacks that greeted the Lincolns when they arrived in Washington, D.C., gave way to an outpouring of grief following his assassination on April 14, 1865. Somber scenes of mourning give way to consideration of Lincoln’s powerful hold on Americans.

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Treasure's Gallery

Examine up close a variety of artifacts from President Lincoln, his family, and the Civil War.

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Illinois Gallery

The Illinois Gallery is home to our temporary exhibits, traditionally changed annually. Our next exhibition, "The Questioneers" will open on February 16th, 2024.

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Citizen City (in development)

We are developing a unique children’s exhibit experience which is ripped from the pages of graphic novels and will engage our young patrons to champion democracy and save the city. Check back for updates when this space goes live.

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