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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Old State Capital

We took our grandchildren here over Fall Break. It was very interesting and there were people... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rita R
Brazil, Indiana
A trip back in time

Great for history buffs. Legislative hall is as when Lincoln was in the State Legislature. Great... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Morton, 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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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We took our grandchildren here over Fall Break. It was very interesting and there were people situated about the building to tell us interesting facts.

Thank Rita R
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great for history buffs. Legislative hall is as when Lincoln was in the State Legislature. Great Civil War displays. Easy access parking underneath the old capitol.

Thank 522mama
Reviewed 1 week ago

The old state capital building where Lincoln gave his "House Divided" speech. It is worth 30 minutes of your time to walk through this old building.

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The old Capitol was completely dismantled, a two floor garage was built underground, covered over, and the Capitol rebuilt on the site. Inside has been restored to its original splendor. But in no way does it compare to the glitz and glamour of the new...More

Thank Melodycthomas
Reviewed 1 week ago

Within easy walking distance of the museum, the old capitol was a quick, informative tour. I don't know if we just got lucky but here too, we had a great tour guide, friendly and knowledgeable!

Thank Kcb42n8
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited this site and found the rooms well organized. The tour was self guided and there was one person who could answer questions if you had any. The first floor was where they had a replica of the Supreme Court and other rooms. The...More

Thank Gburgabe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Old State capitol is a very interesting place! Would highly recommend it. especially if you are also planning on seeing the beautiful New State Capitol.

Thank allets2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in Springfield, Illinois, the Old State Capitol is worth a visit. When I went, the entrance was free (although donations are appreciated) and there is a docent in the building to answer questions. The building is where Lincoln's funeral was held, and...More

Thank Andi55_13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The old capitol building is in the heart of the historic district downtown with many interesting sites in addition to the Lincoln Presidential Library.

Thank Chelsea42
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looks like it did when Lincoln was in Springfield. The chamber where he gave his "house divided" speech is sobering. At many times, volunteers in period dress offer interpretive info. And, it's free! (Donations accepted).

Thank Fredrick H
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Mandy H
20 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
9 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
9 August 2016|
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Response from Trish F | Reviewed this property |
No. Sorry. Try the Visitors Centre at the Lincoln home.