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Illinois Governor's Mansion

Open Now: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Open today: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Our guide made the tour!

You can't bring in backpacks or purses, only an ID. No pictures are allowed inside. The guide... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
Grammanator
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Chicago, Illinois
Be there on time or lose out

You have to be there right at the top of the hour or half hour. You will stand outside until... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2016
janrteach20
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Decatur, Illinois
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The Illinois Governor's Mansion has been home to Illinois governors and their families since 1855. It is the third oldest continuously occupied governor’s mansion in the United States and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in...more
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410 E Jackson St, Springfield, IL 62701-1799
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

The building needs major work which has been put off for years due to inadequate state budgets and lack of funds for repair. As an Illinois resident and a local one at that, this is embarrassing for the state.

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

You can't bring in backpacks or purses, only an ID. No pictures are allowed inside. The guide, Jennifer, was only on her 6th tour and a delight. She was excited about her information and it showed. The mansion is now 47,000 sq feet. That is...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Grammanator
Reviewed 3 June 2016

You have to be there right at the top of the hour or half hour. You will stand outside until someone comes to get you. It is free. The rooms are worth seeing, but they do not allow photography. Plus there didn't seem to be...More

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank janrteach20
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Don't miss this free tour of the Governor's mansion. The docent-lead tour is so informative. You are permitted to take all the photos you want of the outside. None inside. There is so much history to experience. Allow an hour. You won't regret this tour!

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank MarshaW51
Reviewed 11 April 2016

We took a tour of the mansion and found it fun and entertaining. The tour guide was friendly and helpful. We went on a tour with a school group and everyone appeared to enjoy the experience.

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank Erie Deneal J
Reviewed 19 March 2016

Because it was January and a foot of snow on the ground, I was the only tourist to go inside. It was amazing and so much history. I wish I could have taken picture, they were not allowed. Some of the rooms in the Mansion...More

Date of experience: January 2016
2  Thank lovingMOM328
Reviewed 24 September 2015

We rode with the Governor down old Rt66 he had about 300 of his closest biker friends over for a BBQ. The food was great, had a band there that was out standing. ( Out standing in the street ) The Governor closed the street...More

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank Paul A
Reviewed 17 September 2015

The mansion is the third longest residence of a governor in the United States. The house was constructed between 1853-55 and has been lived in since. The house is currently undergoing major works and it is much needed repairs. Once the restoration is complete it...More

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank Steve G
Reviewed 10 September 2015

We missed the tour, so we walked the entire perimeter of the property. Beautiful grounds. The outer appeareance of the Mansion looks Beautiful. We understand that renevation are occuring to the interiro. They do two tours a day. Try to catch one. Wish we would...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Thomas J
Reviewed 10 August 2015

The Executive Mansion is beautiful, but does need a lot of work. The floors squeak too. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and are the only areas that photography is allowed, which is different from several other Executive Mansions that we have visited, such as KY...More

Date of experience: July 2015
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spencerb1943
15 August 2018|
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Response from JustinBlandford | Property representative |
The Governor’s Mansion is open daily 1-4 p.m. We will have morning hours 9 a.m. to Noon on Aug. 26 due to large bicentennial events near the Mansion. Thank you for your question.
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spencerb1943
15 August 2018|
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Response from JustinBlandford | Property representative |
The Governor’s Mansion is open daily 1-4 p.m. We will have morning hours 9 a.m. to Noon on Aug. 26 due to large bicentennial events near the Mansion. Thank you for your question.
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Debbie H
14 October 2015|
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Response from JustinBlandford | Property representative |
The Governor’s Mansion is open daily 1-4 p.m. We will have morning hours 9 a.m. to Noon on Aug. 26 due to large bicentennial events near the Mansion. Thank you for your question.
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