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Day Trip: New look highlights historic period

Lincoln Heritage Museum reopens in new location

Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Examples of 19th century rooms help add to the experience of getting to know Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College in Lincoln. The museum now has a larger space and more technology.
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(Photo submitted by Ryan Keith)
A display with information about Abraham Lincoln's family contains furniture, as well as details. This is part of the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College in Lincoln. The museum reopened in April with a new look.

LINCOLN – The Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College has a fresh look and new technology since its re-opening April 26.

The museum is at a new location with more space. What isn't new is the wealth of information about Abraham Lincoln and his life, which now is displayed differently.

Among the features are a life review, which allows visitors to move through Lincoln's life with the help of audio-visual displays and interactive storytelling. There are 19th-century rooms and images and voices that come to life with a touch.

A table where Lincoln studied, one of his chairs, books and tools, as well as Civil War weaponry all add up to both a learning and entertaining experience.

Willing to help visitors get the most out of their visit, different tours are available for the upstairs exhibits. Each one is self-guided and included in the cost of admission. It's recommended that guests sign up in advance for the tour they want. Contact the museum for reservations.

On the first floor, guests will see more than 100 historic items with Lincoln and Civil War connections. Storytelling and visuals go along with the displays. This tour is for all ages, and normally takes about 30 minutes.

There are three upstairs tours from which to choose. Option 1 has a limit of 12 people and lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes. It isn't suitable for children younger than junior high age. Here visitors will find an audio-visual presence and recreations of rooms from the period. The boarding house exhibit details Lincoln's death.

Option 2 is similar to Option 1, but includes 15 more minutes of audio-visual presentations on the Civil War. It's recommended for adults with an interest in Lincoln's Civil War policy. The tour lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes, with a maximum of 12.

The last option, 3, is good for all ages. Visitors move through the exhibits at their own pace, usually about 30 minutes. The walk encompasses the different stages of Lincoln's life, drawn from his own memories. The guests will see rooms similar to those he would have known. At times, docents may be on hand to join the tour.

Spending the day with Lincoln at the museum is bound to be a blast from the past.

If you go

What: Lincoln Heritage Museum

Where: Lincoln College, 300 Keokuk St., Lincoln

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday

Cost: $5 for adults; $3 for youth, seniors and groups; and free for children younger than 6

Information: Visit lincolnheritagemuseum.org or call 217-732-7295.

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