Temporary Exhibits

“Return Visit” Sculpture

May 2019 – September 2020
We have two very special visitors at the museum – President Lincoln and an unnamed “modern man.” Together they make up the sculpture “Return Visit,” which imagines Lincoln returning and talking about his famous Gettysburg Address. The bronze sculpture by Seward Johnson stands 31 feet tall and weighs 37,200 pounds. (The two figures account for 17,200 pounds of that. The base makes up the rest.) “Return Visit” will be on display until September 2020.



In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers WWII

2018.07.23.WWIIlogo-sm.jpgJune 6, 2019 – January 12, 2020

There were no bystanders during World War II—the American people were “all in.” “In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers World War II” features audio and video of people telling their own stories from the war. Landing at Normandy, surviving Pearl Harbor, working at an aircraft factory, discovering Nazi death camps – the exhibit features those stories and more.  It also includes amazing artifacts, like Eisenhower’s helmet, a WWII motorcycle, and forged papers given to a downed pilot by the French Resistance. Programs in conjunction with the WWII exhibit.

Veterans and military personnel always get a $5 discount to the presidential museum. That discount is being expanded during the run of “In This Great Struggle.” Spouses of active-duty troops will also get $5 off, and veterans, military personnel and spouses with military ID can bring up to three family members at $5 off the standard adult ticket price or $1 off the youth price. 





generously supported by AT&T

All Aboard! 

2018.09.19.AllAboard-sm.jpgMay 10, 2019 – December 31, 2020
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum celebrates the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike, the realization of President Lincoln’s dream of a transcontinental railroad. The first floor of historic Union Station provides the backdrop for the display from May 10, 2019 – December 31, 2019.  Working in partnership with the Springfield Model Railroad Association, a working model railroad brings to life the construction of the rail line and the significance of connecting the United States via rail.  Scale models will depict advancements in United States railroad technology since then and will display the impact of railways throughout America’s history.