Sites & Attractions

Check out the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Kidzeum, TWO State Capitols, Dana-Thomas House – A Frank Lloyd Wright Design, Illinois State Museum, and the $15 million dollar newly renovated Governor's Mansion.

Winter is a great time to visit, make a night of it at one of our award-winning hotels and see first-hand what makes Springfield, IL "Always Legendary".
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Abe Lincoln Rail Splitter Statue

This clean-shaven statue of young Mr. Lincoln stands in front of the Illinois Expo Building at Gate 1 of the Illinois State Fairgrounds. He is about 30 feet tall, a thin, gawky pre-grow-a-beard Abe. He holds an ax almost in Muffler Man configuration -- the statue is named "The Rail Splitter" -- and dates from 1968, when he was sculpted by Carl W. Rinnus, a Springfield native.

Abraham Lincoln Long Nine Museum

The building now houses an audio narrated diorama tour telling about Abraham Lincoln and the Long Nine. The carved characters in each diorama, handmade by Art Seiving, add dimension that bring to life the lessons learned in childhood history classes. The backgrounds of the dioramas were painted by Lloyd Ostendorf, the artist of the 6x9 oil painting in the banquet room of Lincoln toasting Athens. Visitors learn about each diorama scene with the touch of a button. The diorama tour, original flooring, original steps on display, banquet room, history room with many copies of Lincoln's handwritten letters, and the basement history room with Rogers' fireplace makes this museum unlike any other Lincoln museum.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

The Library contains a treasury of carefully preserved Lincoln documents and artifacts, including more than 12 million items from the Illinois State Historical Library – an amazing resource of information for families, historians and scholars alike.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

More than 40,000 square feet of galleries, theaters, and historic displays that combine scholarship with showmanship – culminating in the world’s best collection of Lincoln lore and legend.

Ace Sign Company Antique Sign Musuem

Ace Sign Company is a 75+ year old company with four generations of family ownership and operation. The museum has a large collection of signs, featuring neon signs and also artifacts from the Bel-Aire Motel in Springfield, including the fully restored Sputnik.

Acts of Intolerance Sculpture

Two charred chimneys rising from the smoldering rubble of burned-out buildings. These stark images from an old photograph were the inspiration for this unique sculpture by acclaimed artist Preston Jackson. The sculpture commemorates the centennial of the brutal 1908 Race Riot in Springfield.

Adams Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the center of town, the sanctuary's trails are open for hiking or strolling. Look for an informative kiosk with maps and information. Adams Wildlife Sanctuary is also the location of the state headquarters for the Illinois Audubon Society. Explore examples of Illinois native habitat on forty acres of woodland, prairie and wetlands. Trails open year-round sunrise to sunset

Air Combat Museum

The museum showcases the role of military aviation and features a collection of historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia – including a Beechcraft AT-11, used to train WWII bombardiers.

Bicentennial Plaza

A pedestrian walkway linking the Lincoln Home National Historic Site to the Illinois Governor’s Mansion and the Illinois State Capitol along the Jackson Street corridor, on land owned by Illinois REALTORS®. Formerly a parking lot, the area has been transformed into a showcase of Springfield’s history and ties to Abraham Lincoln.

The Plaza features interpretive panels that share stories from Springfield’s rich history. A high-tech lighting system, with strands of lights connecting the 16 towers lining the Plaza, are programmed to display in different colors and patterns.

Enjoy 16 interpretive panels showcase the places, events and people who lived and worked in Springfield and who advanced Lincoln’s vision for America as a land of equal opportunity for all.

 

 


Camp Butler National Cemetery

Once the site of a Union Civil War training camp and Confederate prison, now a national cemetery for veterans and their dependents. There are over 25,000 people are buried here including over 1,700 Union and Confederate soldiers.

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