Old State Capitol

NOTICE: The Old State Capitol building in Springfield will be closed to visitors March 10 through summer while contractor crews work on a repair and restoration project at the state historic site.

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.

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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 30-minute self-guided walk through the site. Staff will be on hand to answer your questions as you view the building. Entry is at scheduled times only; currently scheduled entry times are 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. daily.

Reservations are required due to limited due to capacity and can be made on this page. If you need assistance making your reservation online, please call us at 217-785-9363 or email dnr.historicspringfield@illinois.gov

There is no charge for the tour, but donations to support the historic site are appreciated. You can make a donation online.

Book your Tour Reservation


Please report to the Adams Street entrance on the south side of the building 10 minutes before your scheduled entry time to check in and prepare for your visit. The doors on the north (Washington Street) side are exit only. An introduction to the history of the site will be presented before you enter. Guests without a reservation may also stop by the Adams Street entrance to inquire about availability.


  1. No more than 30 guests will be permitted at each entry time. This includes adults, children and infants. Please be sure to reserve a ticket for all members of your party.
  2. All guests will be required to register, either by making an advance reservation or by registering at the door as they arrive. Walk-up guests will only be permitted if capacity has not been reached, and walk-up guests must register before entering the building.
  3. All guests will have their body temperature checked with a touchless thermometer before entering the building; guests with a fever will not be permitted to enter. If you are feeling ill or experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, please stay home and reschedule your visit when you are well.
  4. The Old State Capitol has several small interior spaces. 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.
  5. Guests will be required to use hand sanitizer stations provided. Guests will not be permitted to touch any historic furniture, artwork or other artifacts in the building, regardless of sanitizer use.
  6. Guests will be expected to maintain at least a six foot distance from those not in their household, in areas of the site where this is possible.
  7. 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.


An hourly-rate parking garage is located beneath the Old State Capitol; entrance is on Sixth Street between Adams and Washington. 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

Social Media

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

Illinois Old State Capitol

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 ...


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.