Journey 1

Explore Abraham Lincoln’s early life from his boyhood in a Kentucky cabin through his 1860 campaign for President of the United States.

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Journey 2

Abraham Lincoln achieved what many men only dreamed of when he won the presidency in 1860. But the country was in crisisthe Civil War would begin just weeks after his inauguration, and Lincoln would wrestle with the human toll of battle and of slavery. Family tragedy struck as well, with the death of son Willie in 1862. Cruel personal and political attacks that greeted the Lincolns when they arrived in Washington, D.C., gave way to an outpouring of grief following his assassination on April 14, 1865. Somber scenes of mourning give way to consideration of Lincoln’s powerful hold on Americans.

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Treasure's Gallery

Examine up close a variety of artifacts from President Lincoln, his family, and the Civil War.

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Illinois Gallery

The Illinois Gallery is home to our temporary exhibits, which are traditionally changed annually. Our next exhibit, State of Sound: A World of Music form Illinois, is coming soon!

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Union Theater

Union Theater is home to the ALPLM’s popular show Lincoln’s Eyes, which reflects upon President Lincoln’s life and legacy.

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Ghosts of the Library

Learn more about the roles and work of research libraries during this show in our Holavision® theater, which answers the question, “Why save all this old stuff?”.

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Mrs. Lincoln’s Attic

Children can learn more about life, work, and play in 19th century America in this interactive, hands-on exhibit. 

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The Mr. Lincoln Theater

Celebrate our 15th Anniversary with a special mini-theater experience in The Mr. Lincoln Theater. Features from the creators and designers of the institution as well as construction time-lapse segments as well as highlights of our programs, shows, exhibits, and events will provide a unique context for this retrospective.

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