President Lincoln's Cottage

Northwest Washington

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Multimedia-rich guided tours through house built in 1842; museum exhibits on Civil War, slavery, and life of President Lincoln

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  • $16 for two adult admissions for a guided cottage tour (up to $30 value)
  • $30 for four adult admissions for a guided cottage tour (up to $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. Through December 2014, Lincoln’s original carpet slippers will be on display.

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. 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.

Customer Reviews

it was very interesting. Tour well done. Well worth the trip....
Marilyn C. · March 5, 2015
Hidden gem! Great for visitors, children or adults. Have been several times with guests and always learn something new myself.
Toni M. · February 19, 2015
Great for anyone who is big on president Lincoln and the civil war !!!
Brittany H. · December 29, 2014

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