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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Very knowledgeable tour guide.

The capitol is self guided but the gentleman on hand the day we were there was truly filled with... read more

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Vandalia, Ohio
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This is where the Senate met in the old days (when Lincoln was a lawyer and representative). The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Des Moines, Iowa
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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

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank R2J2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You may remember that this is where our Lovely Barack Obama announced his candidacy for President back on 2006 - and the architecture does not disappoint. Simply amazing.

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Reviewed October 14, 2018

This was a very interesting former Capitol building. This is the one Lincoln served in as a House Representative and lawyer. The tour is self guided, but you are greeted by a guide who gives you a few minutes of introduction, All the spaces, offices...More

Thank David D
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

This building was set to get destroyed and people would not allow it to happen. Parking was wanted and as a compromise there were 2 levels of it placed underground. Then the old building was reconstructed.

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Reviewed October 11, 2018

We went to see the Old State Capital, which was interesting. The docent didn't mention that Lincoln's casket was presented in the House of Representatives' chamber, which we later learned at his museum, which is an absolute must see.

Thank gatzbyllc
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

This is a great stop for Lincoln history and for how government worked in the mid 1800's. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and had great stories. Good place to start your TIUR of the area as you can park underneath the old capitol and...More

Thank Jim P
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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 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
August 8, 2016|
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Response from Trish F | Reviewed this property |
No. Sorry. Try the Visitors Centre at the Lincoln home.