History museums instill wonder in children who have become bored with their own closets full of skeletons. Discover a body of knowledge with this Groupon.
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- $15 for two adult admissions for a guided cottage tour (up to a $30 value)
- $30 for four adult admissions for a guided cottage tour (up to a $60 value)
Children aged 6–12 are admitted for $5, and Girl Scouts are admitted for $8. Guides lead visitors on multimedia-rich tours of the seasonal home of President Lincoln, whose birthday is February 12. The home is filled with audio recreations of historic meetings and a replica of the president's desk. In The Robert H. Smith Visitor's Center, guests can peruse interactive exhibits detailing the president's quest for emancipation and the state of the capital during the Civil War. An original signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation is at the cottage until the end of April. Through August President Lincoln's Cottage will also be featuring Can You Walk Away, an exhibit on modern slavery and human trafficking that features the documentary Not My Life and encourages guests to get involved with present-day abolitionist movements.
President Lincoln's Cottage
Many of the rooms in President Lincoln's Cottage resound with the voices of Lincoln and his houseguests, in the form of actor-interpreted recordings broadcast through audio speakers. Though not all rooms are accessible to the public, daily tours through this Gothic Revival home use interactive multimedia to tell the stories of Abraham Lincoln's ideas, struggles in passing emancipation, and family during the three summers they spent here during the Civil War. Knowledgeable guides divulge facts about the president's meditations and meetings, often tailoring tours to their areas of personal expertise, such as war or politics. They showcase video screens populated by images about Lincoln's life, and a replica of the president's desk covered with the figurines he liked to build from his stray beard hairs. Guides also invite visitors to engage in conversation throughout the tour while welcoming them to sit on furniture.
The adjacent Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, built in 1905 and restored as a LEED-certified building, houses a range of both permanent and temporary exhibits. Visitors engage with interactive displays, photos, and manuscripts revealing the presidential Cabinet's feelings on emancipation, life in Washington DC during the Civil War, and the president's role as commander in chief. The cottage also hosts a lecture series with guests that have included historians, Lincoln experts, and an artist who sculpted a life-size statue of the president and his horse, which today stands watch over the cottage.