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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Beautiful building and lots of history

If you love history and architecture, you'll love this building. We didn't even bother visiting the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kim D
Green Bay, Wisconsin
A night away

If you like history then this is the place to see it and hear it. President Lincoln does a small... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Laurie P
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Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek Revival masterpiece saw Lincoln serve as a lawyer and legislator. In 1858, Lincoln delivered his landmark "House Divided" speech in the Capitol's Representatives Hall.
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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Reviewed yesterday

If you love history and architecture, you'll love this building. We didn't even bother visiting the current capital as this was beautiful enough. It is self-guided, but there are people available for questions. We went through it fairly quickly as we were on our way...More

Thank Kim D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you like history then this is the place to see it and hear it. President Lincoln does a small presentation (check visitor center/brochures for times). You can walk thru the Capitol building and gain a good perspective of how things were done. They also...More

Thank Laurie P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Well kept historical building. A look into Lincoln's carrier before he became president . Make sure you time it to here the Singers and the Abe impersonator.

Thank surge55
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Toured this old capital building today. It was 95* and the AC felt great! There was a whole day of activities scheduled and we attended a presentation by an interpretator as Chief Blackhawk. The interior is beautiful! No admission, but a donation is suggested.

Thank Pat H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were not planning on going into this building, but are we glad that we did. It may not look like much from the outside, but the inside is beautiful. We decided to look around on our own, but now wished we would have taken...More

Thank christine n
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was very different...you could do a tour or just go off by yourself. We waited for the tour but we had the WORST tour guide...she couldn't remember dates and years...so we walked around ourselves. The tour guide is what makes it. Good to...More

Thank Kristina M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This old capitol building is a really interesting stop. You can go on a free tour (donations appreciated) and see both floors and their exhibits, including the room upstairs where Lincoln lied in state after he was assassinated. Also there is history of Stephen Douglas...More

Thank lisaschmidt498
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are wanting to see where Lincoln practiced law in the state of Illinois and all the history surrounding the town that he lived in before going to Washington, DC, this is your place to visit. And nearby is the Lincoln Museum and new...More

Thank vgebhardt10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A quick visit to the Old State Capitol but very interesting. Saw the room where Lincoln made his 'house divided speech and also the one where he made his speech accepting his nomination for the presidential election. Also where Barack Obama accepted his nomination.

Thank Jocar256
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My impression of Springfield was that it is now a soul less modern city with loads and loads of historical reminders and is quite naturally Lincoln centric. See my two photos of this Old State Capitol Building. We did not go in, or even know...More

Thank Martin G
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Mandy H
19 March 2017|
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Response from Kathy B | Reviewed this property |
I believe they do. You will have to go up a set of stairs to get into the building. Once in, there is an elevator to the second floor.
Marvin S
8 August 2016|
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Response from hippoguy | Reviewed this property |
a block and a half from there is the Lincoln Presidential Library. That is where those things happen more often.On Saturdays by the old state capital they have a Lincoln look alike walking around outside there. Check with... More
Marvin S
8 August 2016|
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Response from Trish F | Reviewed this property |
No. Sorry. Try the Visitors Centre at the Lincoln home.