Old State Capitol

 NOTICE: The Old State Capitol building in Springfield will reopen on October 7, 2021.
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State Capitol Plaza, 6th & Adams Streets, Springfield

Site Holiday Closings:

New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Labor Day,
Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.


In the heart of our country stands the Old State Capitol, a reconstruction of Illinois' statehouse from 1840 to 1876. During the twentieth century's civil rights movement, its restorers faithfully recreated the building in which John Jones and Frances Gage worked to expand the meaning of freedom and Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "House Divided" speech.

We invite you to see and experience the Old State Capitol by taking a guided or self-guided walk through the historic site. 

A mask policy and distancing requirements are part of our guidance to ensure a safe guest experience and a safe work environment for our team members.

Staff will be on hand to answer your questions as you view the building. The site is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free scheduled tour times are 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Additional tour times available upon request.

If you have any questions or would like to make a reservation (which are accepted but not required) please call us at 217-785-9363 or email dnr.historicspringfield@illinois.gov

There is no charge for the tour, however, donations to support the historic site are appreciated. You can make a donation online or during your visit. 

Arrival

You can enter the Old State Capitol from either the north (Washington Street) or the south (Adams Plaza). 

Our grounds are open for your enjoyment and include a beautiful strolling path and perennial gardens for you to enjoy. Guests are welcome to picnic or play on the grass. Numerous benches are located along the pathway.  Dogs are welcome on the grounds but not inside unless your pet is a registered service dog. Please clean up after your pet.

Restrooms and bottle-filling water stations are located on a lower level for your convenience. 

Policies

  1. Our indoor capacity is 150 guests. 

  2. A face covering which is worn over your nose and mouth is required for entry to the building, and must be worn at all times while indoors. Guests under the age of 3 are exempt from this requirement. If you do not have a face covering, please stop by the Visit Springfield office at 1 S. Old State Capitol Plaza (Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices building) for a free face covering.

  3. Guests will be invited to use the hand sanitizing stations provided. 

  4. Guests will not be permitted to touch any historic furniture, artwork or other artifacts in the building, regardless of sanitizer use.

  5. Guests will be expected to maintain at least a six foot distance from those not in their group, in areas of the site where this is possible. 

  6. An accessible entrance is located in the kiosk on the Adams Street Plaza. Inside the kiosk, take the elevator down to the upper level (UL button) of the parking garage, then travel across the garage to the building door and push the call button for entry. If you need assistance, please call 217-785-9363.

Parking

An hourly-rate underground parking garage is located beneath the Old State Capitol; entrance is on Sixth Street between Adams and Washington. The rate is $1.50/30 minutes. The garage is open Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Metered street parking may also be available; please note City of Springfield parking meters are enforced Monday-Friday. 

Photography Policy

We welcome you to take photos and videos throughout the site, both indoors and outdoors. Please be respectful of the artifacts and other guests.

IDNR Information

Justin Blandford, Superintendent
Office of Land Management, Historic Sites Division
dnr.historicspringfield@illinois.gov
217-524-3971

Social Media

We also encourage you to watch the introductory video below in advance of your visit.

Old State Capitol of Illinois - YouTube

Old State Capitol of Illinois - YouTube

The Old State Capitol in Springfield Illinois is a reconstruction of the 5th State House. It served as the State Capitol from 1840-1876. Young Abraham Lincoln worked as a legislator the first year ...

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NOTE: Teachers in Illinois schools (grades prekindergarten through 12) can apply for grant funds to visit this site on a field trip with their students.

NOTE ANDROID USERS ONLY: The donation payment processing function in the Illinois History mobile application for Android devices is currently down. Donations are still being processed through the web site at /dnrhistoric/Experience/Sites/. We apologize for the inconvenience.