Abraham Lincoln

As president, Abraham Lincoln faced our nation’s greatest crisis—the Civil War. His resolve to save the Union and radical decision to end slavery transformed America. This intimate exhibition highlights Lincoln’s election in 1860, his leadership during the Civil War, and his tragic assassination. Together these stories honor a great leader whose legacy endures.
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Lincoln's Chicago

Permanent exhibition

Lincoln was a frequent visitor to Chicago; The city became his second home and political headquarters during his rise to prominence. This gallery features portraits of Lincoln’s contemporaries with...

Unexpected Chicago

Permanent exhibition

Let history surprise you. Each month stop by to see a new item on display from the Museum’s collection of more than 22 million artifacts. Handpicked by our curators, the selections may come from our...

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