Thursday, October 30, 2014

Destination of the Week: Springfield, IL-Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Destination of the Week: Springfield, IL-Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Opened in 2005, the museum has divided critics almost as much as the country was during Lincoln’s presidency.  Critics felt it was too  “Disney-like” with its combination of entertainment and special effects-heavy theater shows.  Others have applauded how it uses technology and engagement to help visitors relate to conditions at the time.  In 2014 TripAdvisor named the center on its 2014 Travelers Choice (#19) list of best museums in the US.  Other than not being able to take photos, I enjoyed myself and spend nearly an entire afternoon wondering the galleries and attending the theatre shows.

Address:
212 N 6th St, Springfield, IL 62701

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Link:
http://www.illinois.gov/alplm/

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Destination of the Week: Springfield, IL-Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Destination of the Week: Springfield, IL-Lincoln Home National Historic Site

The National Park Service takes full advantage of the four blocks surrounding the Lincoln’s Springfield home.  The visitor center, which feels a little dated, includes orientation video (watch it!), museum, store, washrooms, and ticket office.  A few of the homes in the park are open and include exhibits on the community, the Lincoln family’s life, and the actual home itself.  The home tour, provided by a park ranger, is tight, informative, and enjoyable.

Address:
426 S 7th St, Springfield, IL 62701

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Link:
http://www.nps.gov/liho/index.htm

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Destination of the Week: Springfield, IL-Old State Capitol

Destination of the Week: Springfield, IL-Old State Capitol

If the visiting the current state capitol is not enough for you, the old state capitol should more than satisfy you.  Built in 1837, it is hard to imagine a young Illinois nearly completely run from this one small building.  While guided tours sometimes can just slow down a visit, I found this tour helpful in pointing out details I would have never noticed.  Hours can be limited on the weekend so plan accordingly.

Address:
1 Southwest Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701

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Link:
http://www.illinois.gov/ihpa/Experience/Sites/Central/Pages/Old-Capitol.aspx