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Free Lincoln Museum Admission
February 12 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lincoln was born in poverty on Feb. 12, 1809. He went on to educate himself, win the presidency and lead the nation through a civil war that ended with freedom for millions of enslaved people.
To celebrate his birthday, the museum will throw its doors open on Feb. 12 and WAIVE the usual admission of $15 for adults and $6 for children.
Visitors can listen to the beautiful music of the Four Sopranos, chat with President and Mrs. Lincoln (portrayed by Randy Duncan and Pam Brown) and meet Lincoln’s stepmother, Sarah (portrayed by Carol Shafer).
Children will be able to make birthday hats and cards, take pictures at our penny selfie station, listen to stories about Lincoln and make a spinning toy called a thaumatrope. We will also announce the winners in a statewide student art contest.
On his birthday and throughout February, the museum’s displays will include unique items like an axe used in the attempt to steal Lincoln’s body, a Bible owned by Lincoln, a tiny horsehair ring that belonged to Lincoln’s son Tad and a campaign flag for Lincoln and running mate Andrew Johnson.
The Abraham Lincoln Association will be meeting in Springfield for Lincoln’s birthday. Their symposium includes a free roundtable discussion at 2:30 in the presidential library with experts on Lincoln’s boyhood in Indiana, his marriage, his relationship with abolitionists and an important journalist-turned-aide.