3470 Freedom Dr.
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: (217) 787-6200
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Arts & Museums
Medals, photos, currency, drums,and uniforms from the War of the Rebellion are displayed here.
Established in 1877, the Illinois State Museum (ISM) is headquartered in Springfield, and houses a massive collection of natural history artifacts that are deeply insightful of the life, art and music of the people over the centuries. Wonderfully preserved, the awesome exhibits cover fossils, household ware, mining tools, Native American items and even glass paperweights. Admission is free.
Once the home of poet Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, the Vachel Lindsay House is now one of the most significant historical landmarks in the city of Illinois. Managed by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the house now serves as a museum acquainting visitors with Lindsay's life and poetry. Poetry readings and art exhibitions are a few of the events organized, and the house is open for tours.
With at least seven different kinds of marble, murals, paintings, statuary, and a unique architectural design add to the beauty of this center of state government.
In this large assortment of Civil War memorabilia is Tintypes by Civil War photographer Mathew Brady.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum is an ode to America's greatest president ever, Abraham Lincoln. Here is a chance for history lovers to have a glimpse at the only house he ever owned. A number of restored buildings and exhibits occupy the 4 block area which is deeply evocative of the centuries gone by. Guided tours are available for those who would like an in depth explanation of all there is to see and know. Free admission for all to the museum but library entrance charges apply! Check website for timings.
The oldest home in Springfield on its original foundation, Edwards Place tells the story of Benjamin and Helen Edwards and their life at the home from 1843 to 1909. The wonderfully preserved Italianate mansion was once a center for social activity in Springfield. Prominent citizens and politicians such as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were entertained at lavish dinner parties and the grounds played host to many summer picnics and political rallies. Tours of Edwards Place historic home are available on the hour Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis on the day of the tour at the Springfield Art Association office.