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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Worth the stop

Fascinating layout with a lot of period pieces, furniture. You can imagine the court rooms filled... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kathy L
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Docents are so knowledgeable

You can really get drenched in the history of the times at this site. Docents are so ready to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
clsunshine
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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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fascinating layout with a lot of period pieces, furniture. You can imagine the court rooms filled with attorneys, judges etc. Interesting displays of war, ladies aid society, building shows some deterioration. Volunteers lead tours and are available for questions.

Thank Kathy L
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Reviewed 4 days ago

You can really get drenched in the history of the times at this site. Docents are so ready to share their considerable knowledge of what like was like in the mid 1800s. The site is beautiful. Rooms are well staged as they would have been...More

Thank clsunshine
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This time our kids our grown so we came as retirees. We choose a great day and great time as the Lincoln Troubadours a cappella group sang in the representatives room and it was wonderful. They were dressed in period costumes. As an old senior...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for a self guided tour, that was excellent!! You must see this location when visiting Springfield!!! There is alot of awesome things to see her when you visit. Well worth seeing this attraction!!!!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The old state Capitol is like walking back in time. I loved the old columns and could almost hear the footsteps of the past running up and down the double staircase. There’s a hostess that will give you some information if you would like, or...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Old State Capital was not high on my list of Springfield Lincoln attractions to visit. But I’m so glad we did! We walked to the Old Capital from the Lincoln Home National Historic Sight. It was fun to imagine Abraham Lincoln walking there on...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Old State Capitol has been beautifully restored to recreate the period when Lincoln was a legislator and lawyer. A visit here helps one understand the crucial years when Lincoln was becoming the statesman that we remember and revere. Bravo to the State of Illinois...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Greg gave us a great tour of the old state capitol. He was laid back and included kids and adults as he gave us interesting information. This was our second visit to the site and we learned even more than on our first visit. They...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

The volunteers were very knowledgeable and helpful. The building is well-maintained. This summer there are "history comes alive" events happening in this complex. We saw one that was pretty amazing!

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Reviewed 7 July 2018

The Old State House is a must see. You are able to sit at the table that Lincoln sat at as a State Representative. This is also the location where his body laid in state prior to burial.

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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.
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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
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Marvin S
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Response from Trish F | Reviewed this property |
No. Sorry. Try the Visitors Centre at the Lincoln home.
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