Lincoln's Springfield 1837-1861

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Take a journey through time with Abraham Lincoln and learn about what the city of Springfield, Illinois was like when Lincoln lived here from 1837-1861. 

Abe is trapped in the present day and wants to get back home in time to deliver his Second Inaugural Address. Can you help him?

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  • Can be played on
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

  • During these hours
    Whole day

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  • Find Abraham Lincoln, who has been mysteriously transported to the present day.

  • Walk with Lincoln as he reminisces on the Springfield he remembers.

  • Help Lincoln get back to his home, which he hasn't seen since he left for Washington to assume the presidency.


Abraham Lincoln, weary with the Civil War, fell asleep in the White House in 1864. 

He dreamed he was back in the log cabin of his childhood, only to find out that it wasn't a dream. It was the replica of a cabin inside the museum that bore his name. Somehow, he had been transported to modern-day Springfield, Illinois, where he had lived from 1837-1861. 

He emerged from the museum into a Springfield he did not recognize. Can you help Lincoln find his way back home?

Experience's route

Starting point Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
208 N 6th St, Springfield, IL 62701, USA
Finish point Lincoln's Home
413 S 8th St, Springfield, IL 62701, USA

Places you will visit


It will take you

105-135 mins

You will walk

5120 steps

Total distance

3.9 km

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