“Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum” in Springfield, Illinois

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Let me tell you about a museum we really enjoyed!  Our family (my husband, our daughter & s-i-l before they had kids, our son, and my mother-in-law) went on a day trip from my m-i-l’s to visit the Lincoln Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House. 

Traveling through Illinois, or traveling Route 66, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield is definitely worth taking time to visit. It opened in April 2005 and is truly a world-class museum and library. The museum “communicates the amazing life and times of Abraham Lincoln in unforgettable ways.” It really is an unforgettable museum, located where Lincoln lived for 17 years and where he was buried!

In the Plaza, which is the central hub of the museum, you and your family can have your picture taken with Abraham Lincoln and his family. The life-size figures stand in front of the White House portraying the Lincoln family shortly after their arrival there in 1861. We took pictures of our family with the Lincoln family which was a lot of fun!

This is truly a fun and fascinating museum to visit. The mistake we made was not allowing enough time to tour the whole museum. There is so much to see and do, so I would recommend allowing several hours for your visit. They also have a Cafe which is open from 9-5. We ate lunch there and enjoyed it. Or if you just need a break for a snack, the Cafe is a nice place to rest and relax.  To fully enjoy this experience, allow several hours to tour the museum.