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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
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Lincoln Laid in State Here

This was a very interesting former Capitol building. This is the one Lincoln served in as a House... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David D
History Was Saved

This building was set to get destroyed and people would not allow it to happen. Parking was wanted... read more

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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 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Could have stayed longer here. Really enjoyed the history. A field-trip of school children were getting a guided tour, so we joined in, learning more. Excellent upkeep and restoration of this important historical building. Underground public parking nearby, or street parking.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is impressive and the decisions made here are fascinating. We saw the musical "1776" there Saturday night. A wonderful experience in a limited space. A tour is usually available to explain each room. The staircases are impressive.

Thank maelson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The history of the Old State Capitol is the draw. Compared to the new Capitol building it lacks in architectural detail. But the history makes it a good, quick visit. The fence gates on all four sides were open, but the only building entrance open...More

Thank Kimberly H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We happened to get there just as a tour was beginning. The docent was entertaining and knowledgeable. The building is well maintained. It was very cool being in the same building where Lincoln served.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful building--the park ranger guide was fantastic----he spoke without notes--beautiful staircase.

Thank MichiganderMom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Rose Marie W
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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.