Lincoln Heritage Museum

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee and Hours:

Adults (16 and +): $5.00

Youth: $3.00

Children under 6: free

Parking free

School groups and tour groups welcome. Advance notice required.

Please allow two hours for your full museum experience, and note the above tour options available.

Open Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sat. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Closed Sundays & holidays.

Visitor Experience Options:

The Lincoln Heritage Museum offers the following tour options, depending on the amount of time the visitor has available, the type of tour desired, and visitor ages:

Downstairs gallery experience

The first floor exhibit area showcases more than one hundred rare and original historic pieces relating to Lincoln and the Civil War. The displays feature stimulating visuals and story-telling which complement the pieces and provide historical context. Maps, photos, and timelines provide an overview of Lincoln’s life and of 19th-century America. This exhibit area is self-guided and takes approximately 30 minutes to view. This exhibit is suitable for all ages.

Upstairs gallery option 1— immersive A/V experience

Through audio-video presentations, object reproductions, attractive graphics, and realistic 19th-century room recreations, the visitor is drawn into Lincoln’s life through a “life review” of his experiences and memories. The visitor is encouraged to touch objects as they light up to view video and still images and hear voices from the past narrate the scenes using authentic first-person accounts. The tour is self-guided and lasts approximately one hour and 15 minutes Tours begin every half-hour, with a maximum of 12 individuals to each tour. Due to the length and content of this tour, it is recommended for junior high-level learners and above. Some tour elements, including the low lighting and the boarding house exhibit depicting Lincoln’s death, may not be suitable for younger children.

Upstairs gallery option 2—longer immersive A/V experience

This tour provides the same experience as the option 1 tour, and includes an additional 15 minutes of A/V content on the Civil War. This tour is self-guided and lasts just under one hour and 30 minutes. Tours begin every half-hour, with a maximum of 12 individuals to each tour. Because of the significant amount of content, this tour option is recommended for adults who have a high level of interest in Lincoln’s Civil War policy.

Upstairs gallery option 3—walk-through experience

Through reproduction objects, attractive graphics, realistic 19th-century room recreations, and special lighting, the visitor walks through the many periods in Lincoln’s life and is drawn into Lincoln’s memories. Visitors will see images and items that Lincoln saw and walk through rooms similar to those Lincoln spent time in. This self-guided tour does not include audio- video presentations. Visitors walk through the exhibit at their own pace, usually taking about 30 minutes. When available or if scheduled in advance, a museum docent may accompany visitors on the tour to provide additional background information and explain the historical context of the displays. On occasion, living history performers may be present to provide first-person historical interpretations. This tour option is recommended for group tours of more than 30 individuals. It is suitable for all ages.

Note that when visitors arrive, the upstairs tour and time options may depend upon the tour(s) already in progress. Visitors are strongly encouraged to contact the museum staff in advance to schedule one of the specific tours. Tour groups of 10 people or more are required to schedule in advance by completing the group tour reservation form. (Contact the museum for the form). Museum entrance fees are the same regardless of which upstairs tour option is selected.

Museum visitors looking at artifacts Kids at the museum

Bus Groups

We welcome groups of all sizes and ages. For school groups or other group tours of more than twenty, we ask that  you call in advance to plan your visit, and fill out the  Group Tour and Field Trip Reservation Form so we might better accommodate your needs the tour. We specialize in personalized tours and we strive to make our and tours age-appropriate. Call (217) 735-7399 to schedule your next trip.

School Groups

Teaching Enrichment at the Museum

We encourage schools to use our museum to facilitate the learning in the classroom. Museum staff have initiated  program called the T.E.A.M. project (Teaching Enrichment At the Museum). This includes a multi-age and multi-disciplinary educational experience in which the museum staff both invites students into the museum to use it as educational resource; but additionally, T.E.A.M. serves as an outreach to area schools after the visit if desired. In the museum, we offer first-person storytelling, slide presentations, story time, scavenger hunts, and hands-on examination of certain collections, depending on the age. Call the museum for full details of how the museum can benefit your school, your classroom, and your students.

Directions:

Traveling north on Interstate 55

From I-55 North, take exit 126 toward Lincoln. Turn left onto Route 10/Woodlawn Road and continue to Lincoln Parkway. Turn left on Lincoln Parkway and travel 2 miles to Nicholson Road. There is a sign for the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Nicholson. Turn right and continue on Nicholson, crossing over a railroad track (.4 miles). The Lincoln Center will be immediately on the right. Enter the Lincoln Center through the doors beneath the triangle pediment. The entrance to the Lincoln Heritage Museum is to the right.

Traveling south on Interstate 55

From I-55 South, take exit 133 toward Lincoln. Turn left onto Business Route 66. Travel 3 miles to Nicholson Road. There is a sign for the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Nicholson. Turn left and continue on Nicholson, crossing over a railroad track (.4 miles). The Lincoln Center will be immediately on the right. Enter the Lincoln Center through the doors beneath the triangle pediment. The entrance to the Lincoln Heritage Museum is to the right.

Traveling north on Rte 121, or west on Rte 10

Enter Lincoln on Keokuk Street. Travel through stoplights at Kickapoo and Logan Streets, and turn right on Ottawa Street. There is a sign for the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Ottawa Street. Follow Ottawa Street .3 miles through the Lincoln College campus. Ottawa Street curves left, and the Lincoln Center is on the left before the railroad crossing. Enter the Lincoln Center through the doors beneath the triangle pediment. The entrance to the Lincoln Heritage Museum is to the right.

Traveling east on Rte 10

Enter Lincoln on Route 10/Woodlawn Road, and continue to Lincoln Parkway. Turn left on Lincoln Parkway. Turn left on Lincoln Parkway and travel 2 miles to Nicholson Road. There is a sign for the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Nicholson. Turn right and continue on Nicholson, crossing over a railroad track (.4 miles). The Lincoln Center will be immediately on the right. Enter the Lincoln Center through the doors beneath the triangle pediment. The entrance to the Lincoln Heritage Museum is to the right.

In addition to the Lincoln Heritage Museum, there are several other wonderful attractions in our city and county, as well as clean motel accommodations, and fine dining establishments. For more information, visit the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County or call (217) 732-8687.

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
- Abraham Lincoln