Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum


212 N. 6th St. (Cross Street: Jefferson)
Springfield, IL 62701

Springfield's hottest new attraction, which opened in April 2005, welcomes a half million visitors a year. The Museum and Library, as well as Union Station and Union Square Park, are administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency which also runs many other Lincoln sites including the Old State Capitol, Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Lincoln Tomb and Lincoln's New Salem. Not surprisingly, the quality of scholarship in the museum matches that of its showmanship, with exhibits and shows to satisfy all age groups. This is also a state-of-the-art facility in terms of accessibility. The museum's theatres not only have assistive listening systems, but also reflective captioning and audio description. And in the Union Theatre, when the seats shake during the Civil War battles, so do the wheelchair spaces.


  • Daily: 9am-5pm
    • Ticket sales end at 4pm
  • Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days


  • Check museum website for current entrance prices and discounts.
  • Group tours by appointment only. For groups of 15 or more, call the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, 217-789-2360, or reserve online at www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/Tours

Parking/Loading Zone

  • Accessible loading zone
    • Location—Jefferson east of Sixth St.
  • Street parking
  • Nearest offsite public parking lot/garage
    • Public Parking Garage
      6th and Madison

Educational Programs

  • Type—Workshops, lectures
  • Ages served—4th grade and higher
  • Disabilities served—All, no targeted programming
  • Note: Teacher Resources available online

Features for People with Service Animals

  • Natural surface/grassy dog relief area
  • Location
    • Union Square Park across Sixth St.

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Features for People with Hearing Loss

  • Print Information—Brochure with map
  • Assistive listening system
    • Headsets available from usher before show begins
  • Sign language interpretation—on request
    • Museum has one full time interpreter and one volunteer interpreter
    • Two weeks advance notice required
  • Captioning of shows
  • Reflective captioning equipment available from usher before show begins
  • Captioning of exhibit videos
    • Welcome video before Ghosts in the Library, Campaign 1860, Ask Mr. Lincoln
    • Script/text available
    • Scripts of theatre presentations available in French, German, Spanish and Japanese
  • Strobe fire alarms in public areas and restrooms

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Features for People with Vision Loss

  • Orientation to museum—on request
    • Advance notice required
  • Audio description of performances—Every show
    • Listening device available from usher before show begins
  • Touch exhibits
    • Lincoln's Hands and Face, 1860 and 1865
    • Mrs. Lincoln's Attic—children's play area
    • Learning kits—suitcases with reproductions of artifacts
  • Braille/Tactile Signage—restrooms
  • Interior Signage—large print, high contrast, non-glare
  • Cafeteria menu on wall sign only
    • Staff will read menu on request
  • Height clearance at least 80”
  • No undetectable protruding objects in path of travel
  • Note: Low lighting in some areas

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Accessible Entrance

  • Level entry
  • Door has at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Automatic or push button door

Assistive Equipment for Guests with Physical Disabilities

  • Wheelchair
    • Available from—Coat check
  • Medical bags
    • For food, drinks and medication that persons with medical needs may require during their visit
    • Available from—Security

Interior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide
  • Ramps provide access to one or more areas
    • Children's play area—Mrs. Lincoln's Attic


  • None for public use
  • All exhibits on ground floor

Accessible Facilities/Amenities

  • Restaurant/Cafe
    • Accessible restroom in or near the restaurant
  • Visitor Center
    • Union Station Visitors Center
  • Ticketing/Box Office—36" max. counter
  • Information Counter—36" max.
  • Brochure rack
  • Coat Check
  • Gift Shop
    • Sales counter/section 36" max
    • Space to turn/maneuver
  • ATM


  • On accessible route
  • Space to approach/view/maneuver
  • Freestanding cases 36"-39" max.
  • Wall hung cases 36-39" max. bottom level
  • Wall hung displays 54" to center line
  • Items viewed from above, 36" to top of item/case
  • Interactive displays are wheelchair accessible
  • Interactive displays have easy to use controls
  • Labels are viewable from seated position

Performance Space

  • Ghosts of the Library
    • Fixed seating
      • Benches without backs
    • Wheelchair seating
      • Number of spaces—numerous
    • Locations—all across center row
    • Companion seating
      • Fixed, in front or back
  • Union Theatre
    • Fixed seating
      • Theatre-style seating
    • Wheelchair seating
      • Number of Spaces—7
      • Locations—integrated in center row
    • Companion seating
      • Fixed, alongside
    • Note: Platforms under wheelchair spaces vibrate just like the seats during battle scenes in the show


  • Menu on wall/sign only
    • Staff will read menu on request
  • Counter service only
    • Staff will assist/carry food to table
  • Cafeteria/buffet line on accessible path of travel
  • Counter/buffet 36" high or less
  • Tray slides 34" high or less
  • Pay at cashier counter
    • 36" high or less
  • Wheelchair accessible tables
    • Knee clearance at least 27" high by 30" wide
    • Surface no more than 34" high
    • Pedestal does not block toe clearance
  • 36" path to/between tables

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Accessible Public Restroom

  • Unisex/Single Use
  • Location
    • Before turnstiles
  • Access symbol identifies facility
  • Entry door at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Space in restroom to maneuver-5' by 5' or T-shaped space to turn
  • Stall door at least 32" clearance
  • Door swings in but has clearance beyond door swing
  • Grab bar behind and alongside toilet
  • Lateral transfer space at least 30" wide
  • Toilet height 17" to 19"
  • Roll under sink with knee clearance at least 27" high and 30" wide
  • Insulated sink pipes
  • Mirror 40" or less from floor or tilted
  • Towels/soap/vending within reach—48" or less from floor
  • Faucet controls automatic or lever type
  • Latch operable with closed fist
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none
  • Note: Men's and women's restrooms near cafeteria also are wheelchair accessible

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