Gray Line Tours: The Lincoln Experience

grayline_withregisterdmark1President Lincoln’s Cottage is a highlight on “The Lincoln Experience,” a new offering from Gray Line Tours. This comprehensive look at President Lincoln’s time in Washington, DC includes a guided tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage and a guided tour of Ford’s Theatre and the Peterson House.

Please contact Gray Line DC at 202-289-1995 with any and all tour questions related to The Lincoln Experience. For more information on “The Lincoln Experience,” visit

Bites Nearby

Are you looking to have a meal before or after your Cottage tour? On a nice day, pack a picnic and enjoy our picnic tables, located on the lawn behind the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center (we’re known as a top DC picnic spot).

IMG_1466-cropAnother option is to try a local restaurant – these great restaurants located nearby are open during the day.

Dining on Upshur Street:
The Hitching Post dishes up soul food favorites just outside the Cottage gates. 200 Upshur Street, NW.
Weekend brunch at Petworth Citizen is delicious. 829 Upshur Street, NW.

11th Street in nearby Columbia Heights has several great choices:
Try a Neapolitan pizza at Red Rocks. 1036 Park Road, NW.
The Coupe serves American classics 24 hours a day. 3415 11th Street, NW.

A number of restaurants are located along the 14th Street corridor between Park Rd NW and Columbia Rd NW, just 1.5 miles away: Potbelly, Chipotle, Cava Mezze Grill, Starbucks, Five Guys, IHOP, Pete’s New Haven Style APizza, and more.

Heading downtown? Lincoln Restaurant is located along Lincoln’s historic commute from the Cottage to the White House! With a completely Lincoln-themed interior design and a menu that pays a nod to Abe’s faves including oysters, gingerbread and chicken fricassee, Lincoln Restaurant is a can’t miss. 1110 Vermont Ave, NW.

Be sure to call the restaurants ahead of time or check their websites for their hours and the most up to date information.

Site Rental Spotlight: Catering by Seasons

catering-seasons-logoCatering by Seasons recently profiled President Lincoln’s Cottage in their Venue Spotlight:

“Nestled in a green piece of Northwest D.C., President Lincoln’s Cottage is a unique historical site for all types of events. Visiting the property is like taking step back in time, with the beautiful architecture and spectacular views that will wow historians and party-goers alike. Here at Catering by Seasons, we love events at President Lincoln’s Cottage because there are so many creative options for beautiful and picturesque events on the cottage grounds. The venue staff are mindful, offering patrons spectacular perks including free parking, and event rentals inclusive of tables and chairs. Another thing we love is how invested they are in the environment. The museum building was the first LEED certified building of the National Trust. Grounds are landscaped with all native plants and no chemicals or pesticides are used. With space for 150 seated and 250 standing, President Lincoln’s Cottage is perfect for corporate and private events of all sizes. Whether you are interested in a small intimate wedding, or a large bar or bat mitzvah, this is a fantastic historic site, right in the heart of the city.”

Thank you, Catering by Seasons! Read the full profile here.

If you are interested in hosting a private event at President Lincoln’s Cottage, contact Events Coordinator Sahand Miraminy at or 202-829-0436 x31232.

Plan Your Holiday Visit!

Are you planning a visit to President Lincoln’s Cottage this holiday season? Please note our holiday hours below.

Thanksgiving: Closed
Christmas Eve
: Open 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Last tour begins at 12 pm.

Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Day: Closed

Tours around the holidays tend to sell out, so be sure to purchase your tour tickets in advance! Visit our TICKETS page for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to President Lincoln’s Cottage!

Groupon Customers


Did you purchase a discounted ticket to the Cottage through Groupon? Be sure to call ahead to reserve your space on one of our tours. Please call 202-829-0436 between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM Monday – Saturday, and between 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Sunday. Remember to bring your Groupon ticket with you, and present it upon arrival.

We look forward to having you here at the Cottage!

LivingSocial Customers

Did you purchase discounted tickets to President Lincoln’s Cottage through LivingSocial? Be sure to call ahead to reserve your space on one of our tours. Please call 202-829-0436 between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM Monday – Saturday, and between 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Sunday. Remember to bring your LivingSocial voucher with you, and present it upon arrival.

We look forward to having you here at President Lincoln’s Cottage!

President Lincoln’s Cottage is OPEN Despite Government Shutdown

President Lincoln’s Cottage, the only designated National Monument in Washington, DC and the only National Monument in the country that operates as a private non-profit without federal support, will remain OPEN for tours, public events, and education programs throughout the government shutdown. For the duration of the government shutdown, employees of the federal government will receive 50% off adult admission with the presentation of a federal government ID.

Hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm Sundays. Guided tours of President Lincoln’s Cottage offered on the hour. Group tours and school groups welcome.

For more information, call 202-829-0436 or email

Visitor Guidelines

All tours of the Cottage begin in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. While you’re here, please note the following:

-photography is not permitted in the interiors of the Cottage or the Visitor Education Center

-food and beverages may only be consumed in the Museum Store, in the Atrium of the Visitor Education Center, and in the picnic area behind the Visitor Education Center

-sitting or climbing on the sculpture of President Lincoln and his horse is not permitted

Additionally, please respect the privacy of the residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Keep to the landscape and walkway immediately surrounding the Cottage and the Visitor Education Center (see map below).


The Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center is accessible by our east entrance ramp. All exhibits and visitor restrooms are on the first floor. The Cottage is accessible by a grade entrance, elevator, and wheel chair lift. There are restrictions on use and a staff member must be present to operate the elevator and lift, so please alert the Museum Store attendant when you check-in if you require use of the elevator and lift so that we may properly assist you. Hearing enhancement and ASL tour devices are also available upon request.