A Decade Ago
A reflective look back at the creation of the museum and its dedication. View objects, images and video
that tell the story of how the amazing Presidential Museum was created.
Museum, Ghosts of the Library display queue
With Firmness in the Right: Lincoln and the Jews
August 3–November 15, 2015
In cooperation with the Shapell Manuscript Collection based in California, and the New-York Historical
Society, the ALPLM and the ALPL Foundation will host this unprecedented mini-exhibit display.
Museum, Treasures Gallery
Undying Words: Lincoln 1858-1865
Open Now - February 28, 2016
An all-new exhibit, in collaboration with the Chicago History Museum, featuring original versions of
Lincoln’s most famous speeches, plus the 13th Amendment, plus some eye-poppers: Abraham and
Mary’s carriage, his death-bed, a 7-foot-tall ‘Rail Splitter’ portrait, and interactives.
"Undying Words" is generously sponsored in part by Archer Daniels Midland Company.
Museum, Illinois Gallery
Lincoln: From History to Hollywood Exhibit Now Open
See sets from the Academy-Award-winning film including Lincoln’s office and a vignette of Mary
Lincoln’s bedroom. The costumes include a selection of Mary Lincoln’s dresses (which will change
annually), Lincoln’s suit, and a uniform worn by their son Tad. Props in the exhibit include the
stethoscope used in the scene of Lincoln’s death and gloves worn by Daniel Day-Lewis as he portrayed
Lincoln. The sets and costumes are on loan from Spielberg and DreamWorks Studios.
Union Station, across from the Museum
Tickets : Adults $5.00; Children FREE when accompanied by paid adult
“Full Experience” Package $15.00, includes tickets to Museum AND Movie Exhibit (Regular
Museum admission price + $3)
Lectures and Book Signings
4th Annual Spooktacular
October 17, 2015
6:00 - 8:30 pm
A Family Event FREE to members. Fun for all ages! Historical characters “haunting” the exhibit journeys complete with special eerie lighting and music, a kids’ costume contest with prizes, spooky storytelling, a scavenger hunt, crafts, games and a special grand finale featuring local magician Richard Landry assisted by Snowball the Bunny and much more!
Tickets: $10 per family; Members Free. Please call (217) 557-5589 or register online at http://alplmfoundation.tix.com.
10th Anniversary Events
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
(first opened in 2005) celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2015, and many events are in store! Download the brochure (PDF) for a full list of
events. Visit www.TenYearsLincoln.com for
Evening With The Creators Series – David Kneupper
September 17, 2015
6:30 pm, Union Theater
Attend lecture sessions from the creators that made this museum so immersive and innovative. This is a five-night event series that will answer your Who, What, Why questions.
TICKETS: $12.50 per series session; $40 for complete series — Member 10% discount off ticket price. Call (217) 558–8934 or visit www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov and click on “special events tickets.”
The Great American Songbook
October 3, 2015
Museum will open at 7:30 pm. Music will begin at 8:00 pm.
A very special performance event in our Union Theater: An evening of the Great American Songbook (with performers singing music of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Rodgers & Hart, etc.) and history presented by Laurence Maslon (author and professor at New York University) and music performed by Ollie Watts Davis (music professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and others.
Museum galleries will be open.
Free; reservations required. Call (217) 558-8934 or visit www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov and click on “special event tickets.”
Family Day: Come Build with Lincoln
October 10, November 10, December 10
Visit www.TenYearsLincoln.com for more information.
Civil War-Era Ball
6:30 – 9:30 pm, Museum
Join us for a delightful evening in the Plaza of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Our Presidential Ball Dance will feature live authentic music, engaging dances, and refreshments. Period costume encouraged but not required.
Tickets: $22 per couple; $12 single; Member 10% off. Call (217) 558-8934 or visit www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov and click on “special event tickets.”
Undying Words in the Plaza (Gettysburg)
11:00 am, Museum, Plaza
This interactive program will invite staff, volunteers, students, and museum visitors to publicly read excerpts from Lincoln’s most well-known speeches in the museum plaza. A historian will be on hand during the program to introduce the speech, interpret its meaning, and field questions from the audience at the conclusion of the public reading.
Fun, Frosty Friday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Library
Experience a Presidential tree lighting. Crafts, entertainment, and hot chocolate.