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Choose from Three Options
- $39 for two adult admissions for a guided cottage tour, two beverages at the cafe, and a holiday ornament ($57.35 value)
- $48 for four adult admissions for a guided cottage tour, four beverages at the cafe, and a holiday ornament ($90.75 value)
- $235 for a private guided cottage tour for up to 10 with behind-the-scenes experience, up to 10 beverages at the cafe, and a holiday ornament ($340.95 value)
Currently, President Lincoln's Cottage features originALs: The Albert Nelson See Diary, an exhibit featuring the Civil War journal and personal effects of a member of Lincoln's presidential guard. Click to see the full list of current exhibits. The private tour includes a stop in the Mary Lincoln room, which is not ordinarily open to tours.
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 scrawled with the words "Log Cabins 4eva." 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.
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