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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

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Whatever you do, do not skip this historic site when visiting Springfield! In this building Abraham... read more

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Has a great history

The Old State Capitol offers visitors an opportunity to step back to the time when our federal... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Springfield, Illinois
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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Whatever you do, do not skip this historic site when visiting Springfield! In this building Abraham Lincoln spent much time, it is where he gave his infamous ‘House Divided’ speech and where he lay in state after his death. This building is spectacular.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Old State Capitol offers visitors an opportunity to step back to the time when our federal government was being formed. The building was designed to replicate what our Capitol building looked like during the time of Jefferson, Hamilton, Washington and our other founding fathers....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed January 9, 2019

We had come into Springfield late in the day but wanted to make use of the time we had. The guide at Lincoln's Burial Site mentioned the Old State Capitol so we visited about 4 pm. We were greeted at the door by a very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

I went to a ceremony at the old capital when my friend became a US citizen. It was the first time I had been there. It had a small museum and was very nice. It has a lot of stairs. I’m not sure if it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

The building is quite impressive from the outside. However, when I went inside, I was greeted by a lady in a hoop skirt, who advised me that General Grant was addressing the assembly upstairs. Having people re-enacting history brought it alive. The building gave you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Daniel V
Reviewed November 18, 2018

The capitol is self guided but the gentleman on hand the day we were there was truly filled with information. It felt so neat to be in a place that Lincoln had walked and worked in during his life. The pieces are not original but...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CJTom
Reviewed November 10, 2018

This is where the Senate met in the old days (when Lincoln was a lawyer and representative). The rooms are well documented as to the purpose. A Lincoln hat is on the desk where he sat. It is easy to imagine Lincoln presenting a case...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

This is a self-guided tour with staff on hand to answer questions. A very helpful guide stayed on the first floor and told us bits and pieces of Lincoln’s years here pleading cases before the Illinois Supreme Court, Working as a Representative, and reading in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

Nice Greek revival architecture, completed in 1840. It's nice that they preserved it for posterity. The inside is much less frilly than the new state capitol building, which is very beautiful inside. It's free to enter, but there is a donation box inside if you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank R2J2
Reviewed October 30, 2018

This is well worth the time to see history preserved. Check out the visitors center downtown when you start your visit, The City of Springfield welcomes you with a free parking pass for all meters downtown during your visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Mandy H
March 19, 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
August 8, 2016|
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Response from Patrick J | 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
August 8, 2016|
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Response from TrishF_11 | Reviewed this property |
No. Sorry. Try the Visitors Centre at the Lincoln home.