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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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My husband and I really enjoyed our visit. The history in this building is awe inspiring. The... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2016
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Old State Capitol

Historical Old State Capitol. A short walk from Lincoln's home so make sure you pay for a little... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2016
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed our visit. The history in this building is awe inspiring. The gentleman that greeted us at the door was very friendly, and he told us about the flag lowering ceremony that was going to be happening that night at...More

Thank bblomlie3
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Historical Old State Capitol. A short walk from Lincoln's home so make sure you pay for a little extra parking back there. Lovely old building much smaller than the current capitol building. Self tour over three floors (?) All original and very informative.

Thank Andrew D
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Fabulous place to visit. You can feel Lincoln walking through the halls. The place is beautiful, and free (although a donation would be appreciated). We went over the weekend, and it wasn't too awfully busy.

Thank NanaFradette
Reviewed 28 August 2016

We stopped by and visited this when we were at the Old Capitol Blues and BBQ. This place is a must for the history buff. The tours are first rate and informative.

Thank Lostandhungry
Reviewed 28 August 2016

The Old State Capitol Building sits in what seems the center of town. The outside of the building is stately. When the building is open, walk in the gate and walk right into the door of the building. It seemed a bit odd to just...More

Thank Angie_Ohio
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Unplanned, we happen to catch some of the additional activities that were hosted at the Old State Capital over the summer as a part of something called history alive or something like that. This included a FANTASTIC Lincoln impersonator who gave a speech in the...More

Thank Mandy E
Reviewed 26 August 2016

This old building is worth visiting when in Springfield, as is the surrounding area, with interesting shops etc that are selling Lincoln memorabilia.

1  Thank D0dge51
Reviewed 20 August 2016

We had a very informative tour that lasted about an hour. I did not realize that this building had been taken completely down, and they rebuilt it according to pictures and diagrams from the time. During History Alive or Living History Days, they have many...More

2  Thank TnDSmith
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Full of period antiques, this historic building is free and well worth your time. Both Lincoln and Douglas worked here. There was a tour, but we missed it by a few minutes. It would probably be worth your while to catch the tour if you...More

2  Thank Michael S
Reviewed 20 August 2016

We can see why this is such a popular attraction. Tons of history-place where Lincoln gave his House Divided speech and where Obama announced his run for the presidency. I did not see that they had any organized tours, but the volunteers we met were...More

2  Thank rlav48
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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.