The former home of Abraham Lincoln, Springfield is the historically-rich capital of Illinois. It’s packed with museums, landmarks and historic homes honouring this famous president, as well as a Prairie-style residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Things to do in Springfield
Admire the Greek Revival architecture of the Old State Capitol building, which served as the state house from 1840 to 1876 and has strong associations with Abraham Lincoln. Join a guided tour through its recreated mid-19th-century rooms to explore the legislative chambers and ministerial offices.
Learn about the life of the 16th President of the United States while exploring the extensive collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum. It combines historic artefacts belonging to Lincoln with state-of-the-art storytelling techniques to create an engaging biographical experience.
Want to see where Lincoln once lived? Visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Site to admire its beautifully restored mid-19th-century appearance. Tour its period-furnished rooms, then visit the museums of Dean House and Arnold House in the surrounding streets to discover the lifestyle of Lincoln’s neighbours.
Step into the world of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright at the Dana-Thomas House. This Prairie-style residence was inspired by Japanese print aesthetics and an organic architectural style drawing on the flat landscapes of Illinois. It also features original glass pieces and furniture designed by Wright.
Getting around Springfield
Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport lies a 15-minute drive north of the city centre and there are regular trains to Chicago and St. Louis from Springfield Station. Buses travel throughout Springfield, but the downtown area is compact enough to explore on foot.