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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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Although reconstructed, let yourself be taken back to the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A... read more

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Rose Marie W
Poplar Grove, Illinois
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nice that the od is not thrown away. streets clean and well marked. took many pictures and it was... read more

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Joe J
Indianapolis, Indiana
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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 yesterday

Although reconstructed, let yourself be taken back to the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. The Old State Capitol was the setting for Lincoln's "House Divided" speech during his 1860 presidential campaign. It is also where the assassinated President Lincoln laying-in-state was on...More

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Reviewed yesterday

nice that the od is not thrown away. streets clean and well marked. took many pictures and it was well worth the time

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Reviewed yesterday

This is a beautiful building. The size of the building and the rooms inside. To know this was where President Lincoln laid in state. To be able to visualize the time he spent there. The furnishing and just the history behind this great building.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This state Capitol is where Lincoln served in the legislature, argued to the Supreme Court of Illinois, made the house divided speech and lay in state before his burial. All rooms are well preserved and well furnished. A treasure.

Thank JMasonNashville
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wasn't sure I wanted to tour this place, but I am glad we did. We had a very knowledgeable guide who spoke in detail and answered my many questions. This place is magnificent and I can just imagine the men at work here so...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very nice and knowledgeable guide led us through the Old State Capital. The entire inside was redone in 1960 but the stone outside is all original as to when President Lincoln was viewed here. 175,000 people came through this small building, up the stairs...More

Thank Lynn A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful period furniture but what really sparked the imagination was picturing the room emptied of everything except Washington's portrait, then building a dais and thousands of people coming to pay their respects to Lincoln.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I arrived early at opening time on Sunday morning by uber and the place looked so vacant that I thought i had made a mistake on the time. Admission is free I had to wait for the first tour which I took with one other...More

Thank buttonman1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very cool building and very well done on the inside. Not only is it cool old architecture but inside is beautiful and done up as it would have looked when it was in use. It is free and worth a visit. Won't take too long...More

Thank wolverine331
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our tour guide, Greg, was awesome! We had three boys who were less than excited about one. more. tour. and he engaged them very well. The building contains some interesting artifacts, like a hand-drawn, hand-shaded map of the U.S. that took nearly 2 years to...More

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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.