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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
+1 217-785-7960
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Nice Changes

Since I was last here, several nice additions have occurred. There are several historical topics... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2016
Pensacola, Florida
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Pleasant surprise

I have been here before (about 5 years ago), walked around, looked in roped off areas and left. If... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2016
Jennifer G
Richmond, Virginia
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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 15 July 2016 via mobile

Since I was last here, several nice additions have occurred. There are several historical topics presented in the old House of Representatives presented by people acting as General Grant, General Longstreet, and Mr. Lincoln himself. They have kept the integrity of the building while making...More

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Reviewed 14 July 2016

I have been here before (about 5 years ago), walked around, looked in roped off areas and left. If you have not been in a while, it is worth another trip. The assembly floor is open to the public and you may sit in the...More

Thank Jennifer G
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Again, one of my favorite stops in Springfield, Illinois! One can easily do the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, a short block walk to the Old State Capitol--and do take the tour!, then down the street to the Lincoln Home. The Old State Capitol has the...More

Thank Susie W
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

I very much enjoy touring the old state capitol!! Last visit I took a girl scout group of 10 years olds and they loved it. The tour guides are very informative.

Thank BetherewBellzon
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Amazed by the old fancy woodwork, beams, chanticleers, and furniture. Such small space for court room, law room, treasure room, Representative room, Senate room, governor office, and bail room. Place to see how history worked.

Thank Tab S
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Beautiful architecture and the troubadour were amazing. Interesting speakers about the state's political history.

Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed touring the old capitol. We went during a time where they had different tents setup depicting life during the Civil War Era. It was wonderful. And inside the Capitol the they had a husband and wife's collection off antique clothing, furniture, books, medical...More

1  Thank dasg23
Reviewed 6 July 2016

This will help you expand your knowledge of Lincoln and Stephen Douglas' political years. Very interesting seeing the different rooms including the library and Senate areas. We saw a Lincoln character that gave us a very realistic presentation during part of a speech. Also the...More

1  Thank travelagentchristy
Reviewed 1 July 2016

Many visits to Springfield and the Old State Capitol building, and we've always found it worth stopping through. There is usually something special happening, from art shows to kids' crafts to other events centered around learning history. If you can get a tour from the...More

1  Thank kh8103
Reviewed 29 June 2016

This was open on Sunday. There was a Civil War encampment going on so it was very interesting to meet a talk with the solders. You would need to see a schedule of events to see when things are taking place. the Old building was...More

1  Thank MeterReader
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Mandy H
Does the Old State Capital allow strollers inside? Thanks!
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
do you have days and times for speeches presented by Lincoln, and Grant
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
do you have a day schedule for the times that Abe, Grant and others give their speaches
9 August 2016|
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Response from Trish F | Reviewed this property |
No. Sorry. Try the Visitors Centre at the Lincoln home.