The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum offers two ways for children to learn about the 16th president at no charge this month.
First, school groups can make free visits to the presidential library in February. Second, everyone – both children and adults – can visit for free on Feb. 12, Lincoln’s birthday.
“Money is tight for schools and families alike, but we still think it’s important for everyone to learn the amazing story of Abraham Lincoln and his accomplishments,” said Nadine O’Leary, acting executive director. “The Lincoln Presidential Library is happy to do what it can to make that a little bit easier.”
The world-renowned museum charges a fee of $4 per student during the busy months of March through May. Schools can avoid that expense, and the large crowds, by visiting in the fall or winter.
All Presidential Museum field trips are booked through the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/Group-Travel/Youth-Tours. Additional information is available by calling the Convention and Visitors Bureau at (217) 789-2360. If the weather becomes an issue on the day of a scheduled field trip, organizers can simply call the museum at (217) 558-8939 to cancel.
People of all ages can visit for free as part of the presidential library’s celebration of Lincoln’s birthday on Friday, Feb. 12. The party includes a concert by the 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Band, visits by interpreters portraying Mary Lincoln and other historical figures, and presentations for kids on the many jobs Abraham Lincoln held before reaching the White House.
Regular admission is $15 for adults and $6 for children ages 5-15.
The presidential library and museum uses a combination of rigorous scholarship and high-tech showmanship to immerse visitors in the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Students can see ghosts come to life on stage, watch TV coverage of the 1860 Presidential election, roam through the Lincoln White House, experience booming cannons in a Civil War battle and come face to face with priceless original Lincoln artifacts.
February is also the last chance to see “Undying Words: Lincoln 1858-1865.” This groundbreaking exhibit explores the impact of Lincoln’s most famous speeches and offers an amazing array of artifacts, from shoes worn by slaves to rifles used in the Civil War to the bed where Lincoln died.
For more information about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, visit www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov.