Abraham Lincoln Presidental Library and Museum
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library is an informative and fun way to spend an afternoon in Springfield, IL. The building is new and very clean and high-tech. I have visited twice. Even though I’m not usually a fan of “educational” museums, both times I enjoyed myself and so did my companions. In fact, this may have been the first museum I have ever visited with my dad!
The Library is not the best. It’s mostly Illinois history and family genealogy. The museum is in a separate building and is where you will spend almost all of your time though. There are three main exhibits. One features Lincoln’s childhood and journey to become President. The second main one showcases Lincoln’s life while President. Both of these main exhibits have plenty of wax figures, audio and visual effects and interesting info to keep you entertained while learning about Abe. The third main exhibit is the Treasures Gallery, which houses some of the important documents connected with Lincoln. Although it’s smaller, don’t miss a chance to see one of the original Emancipation Proclamations.
As much as I enjoyed the exhibits, the two shows were even more impressive! The special effects remind me more of Universal Studios than a Presidential Museum. And don’t miss a chance to ask Lincoln some questions. You might even learn if he is really related to Tom Hanks!
The Museum would be a great stop if you are near Springfield or if you are driving from Chicago to St. Louis. There’s a café and a play area for kids. Parking is easy to find in the garage nearby. If you want to avoid school groups, try going later in the day. Here’s the website for more info: http://www.alplm.org/home.html. [more]