Lincoln Home Visitor Center

 

426 S. Seventh St. (Cross Street: Edwards)
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 492-4241, ext. 2
www.nps.gov/liho

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site has one of the most accessible and informative visitor centers in the National Park Service. Here you can pick up a free ticket for a ranger-guided tour of the Lincoln Home and learn a great deal about Mr. Lincoln, his family, neighborhood and city. Two captioned videos—"Abraham Lincoln: A Journey to Greatness" and a virtual tour of the Lincoln Home—are screened continually in the two theatres, which also have assistive listening systems. Exhibits include a panoramic model of 1860s Springfield and a bronze casting of the President's hands and face which visitors are free to touch. Additional exhibits are available in the Dean and Arnold Houses, both wheelchair accessible.

From the Information Desk visitors may borrow wheelchairs for use at the site, portable listening devices for the tour, headsets for the theatres and a tactile map and information in Braille. Those who require a sighted guide or wheelchair access should notify the ranger when picking up their tour ticket. For sign language interpretation, advance notice is required. Other Visitor Center amenities include accessible parking, restrooms, vending machines and a book shop.

Hours

  • Daily: 8:30am-5pm
  • Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas

Admission

  • Free

Parking/Loading Zone

  • Street parking
  • Private parking lot—designated accessible spaces
    • Entrance on 7th St. south of Visitor Center
    • Self-pay machine lowered and wheelchair accessible
    • Ramp from designated parking to sidewalk
  • Note: Bus parking north side of museum

Features for People with Service Animals

  • Natural surface/grassy dog relief area
    • Location—yard near center

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Features for People with Hearing Loss

  • Assistive listening devices—portable for tours
    • Headsets and receivers available from Information Desk
  • Assistive listening systems—theatres
    • Headsets available from Information Desk
  • Sign language interpretation–on request
    • Advance notice required
  • Captioning of videos
    • Theatres 1 and 2
  • Strobe fire alarms in public areas and restrooms

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Features for People with Vision Loss

  • Orientation/guide to Visitor Center and Lincoln Home
    • With advance notice, rangers may be able to provide wider tour of the site
  • Information in alternate formats—Braille
    • Information on Lincoln Home with textile samples to feel
    • Tactile map of Mr. Lincoln's Neighborhood
  • Tactile exhibits
    • Bronze sculpture of Lincoln's face and hands
  • Braille/Tactile Signage—restrooms
  • Interior Signage—large print, high contrast, non-glare
  • Height clearance at least 80”
  • No undetectable protruding objects in path of travel

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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—Information counter

Interior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide

Elevator

  • None
  • All facilities on one level

Accessible Facilities/Amenities

  • Information Counter—36" max.
  • Brochure rack
  • Seating—benches with arms
  • Book Shop
    • Sales counter/section 36" max
    • Space to turn/maneuver
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Vending Machines—outside south entrance

Exhibits

  • On accessible route
  • Space to approach/view/maneuver
  • Freestanding cases 36"-39" max.
  • Items viewed from above, 36" to top of item/case
  • Labels are viewable from seated position
  • Note: Additional exhibits Arnold and Dean Houses

Performance Spaces

  • Theatre 1
    • Fixed seating
    • Wheelchair seating
      • Number of Spaces—2
      • Locations—Ends of back row
    • Companion seating
      • Fixed, alongside
  • Theatre 2
    • Fixed seating—benches
    • Wheelchair seating
      • Number of Spaces—5
      • Locations—Integrated in back row
    • Companion seating
      • Fixed, alongside

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Accessible Public Restroom

  • Men's and Women's
  • 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
  • Wheelchair stall 60" by 58"/60" minimum
  • Stall door at least 32" clearance
  • Stall door swings out
  • 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

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