Multimedia-rich guided tours through 34-room house built in 1842; museum exhibits on Civil War, slavery, and life of President Lincoln
About This Deal
- See the opening hours
- Not valid on November 12, 22–25, December 22–25, December 30–January 1, January 19–21, February 16–18, April 16, May 25–27, and June 1–2
- Onsite cafeteria: yes, snacks and beverages are available in the Museum Store for purchase.
- Picnic tables are available behind the Visitor Education Center
- Free on-site parking
- Closest metro station: Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro Station
- Closest H8 Metro Bus stop: Rock Creek Church Rd NW and Upshur Street NW4
- Bike rack is available behind the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center
Need To Know
About 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.