Tickets are required for entry to the Cottage, and advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Weekend tours often sell out completely.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday
Visitor Center: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Cottage Tours: First tour at 10 AM,
Last tour at 3 PM
Visitor Center: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Cottage Tours: First tour at 11 AM,
Last tour at 3 PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Open Christmas Eve between 9:30 am through 1:30 pm. Last tour begins at 12:00 pm.
Cottage Admission and Tours
Admission to the Cottage is by guided tour only and requires a tour ticket. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended, and weekend tours often sell out completely. Unreserved tour tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Tours begin in the Visitor Education Center and last approximately 1 hour from start to finish.
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Location: President Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) campus in Northwest Washington, D.C.
Entrance: The entrance to President Lincoln’s Cottage is through the Eagle Gate, located at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street NW. The street address is approximately 140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW, Washington D.C. 20011. NOTE: 3700 North Capitol Street is not an entrance.
For GPS or Google Maps Users: Enter “140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20011” to map the approximate location of the Eagle Gate entrance. This is not an official street or mailing address, but is close to the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street NW.
Parking: We provide free on-site parking in our visitor lot, located adjacent to the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center.
Driving from Downtown DC:
Drive north on 16th Street NW, 14th Street NW or Georgia Avenue NW for approximately 3 miles. Turn right on Upshur Street NW. Upshur Street terminates at the gate to the Armed Forces Retirement Home; continue through the gate.
From the Capitol, drive north on North Capitol Street for approximately 3 miles. You will see the Soldiers’ Home National Cemetery on your left. At the bottom of the hill, turn left onto Allison Street. Continue onto Rock Creek Church Road, NW. Turn left into the gate at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road and Upshur Street.
Driving from Maryland:
Take I-495 to Georgia Avenue southbound exit. Travel approximately 5.3 miles south on Georgia Avenue NW (you’re getting close when you pass Buchanon, Allison, and Webster Streets). Turn left on Upshur Street NW. Upshur Street terminates at the gate to the Armed Forces Retirement Home; continue through the gate.
Driving from Virginia:
Take I-66 eastbound to Constitution Avenue NW. Turn left on 18th Street NW. Turn right on H Street NW. Turn left on 14th Street NW. Travel approximately 3 miles north on 14th Street NW. Turn right on Upshur Street NW. Upshur Street terminates at the gate to the Armed Forces Retirement Home; continue through the gate.
METRO RAIL: The Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro Station (Green & Yellow Lines) is 0.8 miles downhill from Eagle Gate and is the closest metro station to President Lincoln’s Cottage. The station is located at the intersection of Georgia Avenue, New Hampshire Avenue, and Rock Creek Church Road, NW. From the Metro exit, walk south toward Rock Creek Church Road, and then turn left onto Rock Creek Church Road and continue along it for approximately 0.8 miles. Turn right into the gates at the intersection of Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road. Alternatively, catch the H8 bus (see below) from a stop at the intersection of New Hampshire and Georgia Avenue, just south of the Metro exit.
METRO BUS: The H8 Metro Bus stops at “Rock Creek Church Rd NW and Upshur Street NW” (stop # 1002986) immediately in front of the Eagle Gate entrance. After exiting the bus, the gate will be on the right-hand side of the road. You may also take the 60 Metro Bus to the stop at Upshur Street and 2nd Street, NW. From there, walk east on Upshur Street towards the Eagle Gate entrance.
TIP: Most bus and rail employees are not familiar with specific tourist attractions along their routes. They will need to know the line, route, and stop you are looking for in order to assist you rather than the name of the site. When in doubt, contact our staff for support (202)-829-0436 x0.
BIKE: Bike to the intersection of Upshur Street NW and Rock Creek Church Road NW and come in through the gate. A bike rack is located at the back of the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center.
Rent a bike from any Capital Bikeshare station and dock it at the intersection of 9th Street and Upshur Street, NW. From the bike station, walk east on Upshur Street in the direction of 8th Street until you reach the Eagle Gate (about 0.6 miles).
TIP: Only the first 30 minutes of a Capital Bikeshare rental are free after paying the membership fee. Please visit www.capitalbikeshare.com to learn more about using Capital Bikeshare.
TAXI: State to your driver that you’re going to the Armed Forces Retirement Home (aka “Old Soldiers’ Home”) campus, Eagle Gate entrance. Use the following address: 140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW (intersection of Upshur Street, NW and Rock Creek Church Road, NW). Do not let your driver go to 3700 N. Capitol Street–it is not an entrance. Please use common sense: never get into a cab with a driver that is uncertain about where he or she is going. We cannot be held responsible for cab drivers who get lost.
UBER: Looking for an easy ride to or from the Cottage? Uber, a professional driver service that is fast and reliable, is a great option! If you sign up for Uber through www.uber.com/go/honestabe, your first UberX, UberBlack, or UberSUV ride is FREE up to $20. For more information on using Uber, click here.
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).