Plan Your School Visit


MUSEUM 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM DAILY (ticket sales end at 4:00PM)
CLOSED — New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
Cafe offers in-house dining (10am - 4pm daily)

Click here for hours and information about The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM DAILY
CLOSED — New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

School Group Reservations
All group visits to the Museum must be scheduled through the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB). School sponsored groups booked through the SCVB will be admitted to the Museum free of charge June – February. March – May there is a $4.00 per student fee.

"School Group" Criteria:To qualify as a "school group" all criteria below must be met:
  • A "school group" must originate from a state accredited public or a private school recognized by the state’s official department of education
  • Students must represent an academic class for which they receive a grade
  • Students will be accompanied by teachers who are being paid by the school district for this day
  • The school principal will sign the School Admission Form acknowledging his/her approval of the field trip.
  • Home Schools are considered a school group and should schedule through the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau by following the directions below.
  • A college/university group must originate from a state-accredited public or private institution of higher learning.
  • Students must represent an academic class for which they receive credit or is a requirement to graduate.
  • Tour must be scheduled and led by the class instructor(s).

Groups of 15 or more: Please go on-line and access the Group Tour Reservation Request Login at the Springfield Convention and Visitors' Bureau website If you have not created an account before you will need to do so before you can make a reservation. Changes to your tours may be made at this website.

Groups of 14 or less: Please contact Tonya Lacy at or 217.558.8939 to schedule your visit.

Please Note: School sponsored group tours (15 people or more) scheduled through the Springfield Convention and Visitors' Bureau will be complimentary during the months of June - February. The ALPLM will require one chaperone per every 10 (ten) students. This policy will be strictly enforced. These chaperones will receive complimentary admission. Additional chaperones will be asked to pay ($15.00) upon arrival and check in separately from the group. During March - May there is a $4.00 per student fee. The ALPLM does not invoice for additional chaperones.


Field Trip Confirmation Packets
Once you have registered your school group through SCVB please refer to our School Group Confirmation Packet for all your planning needs.


Changes in Museum Reservations
Changes to Museum reservations for groups of 15 or more must be made through the SCVB Group Tour Reservation Request website. If your group of 14 or less booked directly through the museum, please contact Tonya Lacy at or 217.558.8939 regarding any changes.


Free Educator Pass
Click here to download information on the Free Educator Pass.


Transportation Grant
Winnick Family Foundation
With generous support from the Winnick Family Foundation, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation provides grant funding for field trips the ALPLM for grades 4-12, Grants cover transportation costs for public and private schools with a low-income enrollment of greater than 30 percent. 

We are now accepting applications for 2020 field trips. Please read the following carefully.

2019-2020 Winnick Field Trip Application

Free Field Trip Workshops
Click here to download information on Free Field Trip Workshops. Please note these workshops are not included in the 2 hour museum visit time. For planning purposes, please add one hour to your visit time when scheduling a workshop.
If Objects Talked

Learn the stories the ALPLM's collections can tell while viewing them close up. Join our historians as they lead a special program for school classes and homeschool students. ALPLM historians will share stories about objects from our collections on a different theme each session.

Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  

Program dates and themes:

Thursday, February 21, 2019: Presidents in Illinois

Wednesday, March 6, 2019: Presidential Inaugurations

Wednesday, March 20, 2019: The Lincoln Boys

Thursday, October 17, 2019: Presidential Elections

Thursday, November 7, 2019: Gettysburg

To register, contact our Education Department at or at 217.558.8844. This program is free, but registration is strongly encouraged.


Preparing For Your School Tour
The goal of our Education Department is to provide your class with the highest possible quality Museum experience. We encourage you to download our Visit Resource Guides which include pre-visit, in-house, and post-visit activities designed to enhance your visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Complex. The Museum Experience Teacher Resource Guide is specific for school tours of the Museum and includes a Museum Questionnaire (scavenger hunt).


ALPLM Chaperone Policies
ALPLM requires one chaperone per every 10 students. This policy will be strictly enforced. These chaperones will be admitted free of charge with the school group. Aides accompanying special needs students over and above the 1 to 10 ratio will also be granted complimentary admission. Additional adults will be charged the adult admission rate of $15.00 and will be asked to check in separately from the group. ALPLM does not invoice for additional adult tickets. Tickets can be purchased online three days prior to tour or at the ticket counter.
  1. Teachers and chaperones MUST stay with their assigned groups at all times, including visits to Mrs. Lincoln's Attic, the gift shop, the restrooms, and the theaters. Groups should be assigned to chaperones prior to arrival.
  2. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for guiding their assigned group throughout the museum. Docents will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance but they will not conduct formal tours. For more information on our galleries, exhibits and theaters, click Museum.
  3. Chaperones are strongly discouraged from bringing additional children on scheduled school tours.
  4. If your group has booked other tours through SCVB, it is the teachers'/chaperones' responsibility to maintain your SCVB schedule.

Arrive at the theaters at least five minutes before show time. It is the chaperone's or group leader's responsibility to get your group to each theater at the appropriate time. Groups must remain together in the theaters.


ALPLM Field Trip Rules
The museum and its exhibits are designed for students in the 4th grade and up. Some of the exhibits and theater presentations may be disturbing for younger children. Strobes are used in the Union Theater presentation.

For security reasons, please limit personal belongings brought into the museum. All bags will be inspected. No backpacks or large bags will be allowed. Umbrellas and bags exceeding a size limit of 11x16x8 must be left on the bus or checked. Headsets, personal stereos and other electronic equipment must be left on the bus or checked. Cell phones must be turned off. Students who text or use a cell phone as a light source in the theaters or exhibits may be escorted from the theater by Museum security. It is the chaperone's responsibility to see that students adhere to this policy.

Non-flash photography is allowed in all exhibit areas of the museum. No photography, including cell phones, is allowed in the theaters.

As a sign of respect to our 16th President, please remove all hats, hoodies, and other head coverings unless worn for medical or religious reasons. Use quiet voices in the museum.

No food, beverages, candy or gum are allowed in the Museum. The Museum is a smoke-free facility.

Bringing siblings of varying ages on scheduled school tours is strongly discouraged.

The entire museum is monitored by video surveillance. Please do not touch the exhibits.

Bus drivers accompanying a scheduled school group will receive complimentary admission.


Arrival Information
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. You have been scheduled for an EXACT tour time. Late arrivals may forfeit their tour. Early arrivals may not be granted entry until their scheduled tour time.

Your bus will be met by an ALPM docent who will provide you with further instructions. Do not unload your bus before speaking with an ALPM docent.

Busses will drop off students at the south end of the ALPM on Jefferson Street (one-way West). See map.

Busses will pick up students on the west side of the ALPM on 6th Street (one way North). See map. 


Bus Parking
Busses may park in a designated lot off 6th Street between Madison and Mason. Bus parking is free. A code is required to exit the lot. An ALPM staff person or docent will provide this code upon your arrival.