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Presidential museum admission prices will increase July 1 for most visitors

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[June 02, 2010]  SPRINGFIELD -- In general, prices for admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum will rise by $2 starting July 1.

Museum admission prices will increase to $12 for adults, up from the current $10; $6 for children ages 5-15, up from $4; $9 for senior citizens and students, an increase from the current $7; and $7 for individuals who are part of group tours, up from $5.50 per person. The price for active-duty military personnel will remain $7. Prearranged school tours and children under 5 will still be admitted free.


The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is a stunning combination of scholarship and showmanship, immersing visitors in Lincoln's world and time. From a rustic log cabin to the Executive Mansion, guests may follow the fate of America's 16th president and share the joys and sorrows of a family and the nation. The museum features "Lincoln's Eyes," a multi-screen presentation that puts you in the center of dramatic moments in history; "Ghosts of the Library," where the ghosts of Civil War soldiers and Abraham Lincoln come to life to reveal why history matters; the Treasures Gallery, where Illinois' thousands of original Lincoln artifacts are displayed on a rotating basis; and Mrs. Lincoln's Attic, where hands-on children's activities offer family fun and learning.

A new exhibit, "Team of Rivals," that follows Lincoln's choice of his first presidential Cabinet and the events leading up to the Civil War, opens at the museum Oct. 14. The exhibit coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and will be opened and narrated by Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of the best-selling book of the same name.

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The price increase is necessary to keep pace with the rising cost of operating the world-class facility, which draws about 400,000 visitors each year, more than any other presidential library-museum complex. Admission fees supplement state funds that pay for daily operational expenses.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, adjacent to the museum, is the state's chief genealogical and historical research facility. Its collections of more than 12 million items are available to researchers of all ages. Visit for more information about the museum and library as well as exhibits and special events at both facilities.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency; LDN]

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