Lincoln’s Birthday and Unveiling of Art Contest

Family fun and a free admission day provide the perfect combination for celebrating President Lincoln’s birthday on February 12, 2020 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

History will come to life with visits from President and Mrs. Lincoln as the museum offers a festive setting with musical performances throughout the day. Plus, your children and grandchildren will learn through play with a variety of arts and crafts activities, too.

In addition to the family friendly activities, the ALPLM and the Illinois State Board of Education will announce the winners of a state-wide art contest with the winning entries from Illinois school children going on display in the presidential museum.

Free Lincoln Museum Admission

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.

President Lincoln’s 209th Birthday at the Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 with a gift to all: free admission!

On Lincoln’s 209th birthday, visitors can view a range of rare artifacts including Lincoln’s famed stovepipe hat and a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, both of which can also be seen through February 27.

As part of the celebration, the Library will announce the winners of its statewide art contest, in which kids from kindergarten through high school designed posters to commemorate the state bicentennial.

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