Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum reopening


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is finalizing plans to reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 1.

New measures to maximize public safety include:

  • Requiring tickets be purchased in advance, either online or by telephone
  • A brief visitor screening, including a temperature check before admission
  • Requiring face masks at all times 
  • Installing signs with outlines of Lincoln’s feet to help visitors maintain proper physical distance 
  • Reducing the number of theater performances and maintaining safe guest distancing throughout the shows (theaters will be cleaned and disinfected after each performance)
  • The temporary closure of the “Mrs. Lincoln’s Attic” play area and Union Station, home to an exhibit on railroad history 
  • Limiting library access to reservation-only research patrons
  • Establishing a strict cleaning and sanitation regimen for the museum and library. 

The museum will maintain its usual schedule of being open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Visitors can buy tickets up to two weeks in advance at

The library will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, but admission will be by appointment only.

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