Since its opening in 2004, the Lincoln Library has become one of the most popular presidential libraries in history.

Family Vacations in Illinois: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Abraham Lincoln's wisdom, compassion, and leadership were unmatched in his time. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, combines scholarship and showmanship to sweep visitors along from Lincoln's humble beginnings in a log cabin to his presidency during the Civil War. The library opened in 2004, the presidential museum in 2005.

Only six months after it opened, the museum welcomed its 400,000th visitor -- a record for presidential libraries. People stream to the Lincoln Library to see books, papers, and artifacts from the life of the Great Emancipator and from the Civil War. Replicas of Lincoln's boyhood home, the Lincoln White House, and his box at Ford's Theatre give an aura of realism to the exhibits.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum devotes 200,000 square feet to telling Lincoln's tale. The 46,000-square-foot space devoted to permanent exhibits is twice the size of the next largest presidential library.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Information

Address: 212 N. Sixth St

Springfield, IL

Telephone: 217/782-5764, 800/610-2094

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., daily

Admission: $7.50 adults; $3.50 kids

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