Tour Information

Tickets are required for entry to the Cottage, and advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Weekend tours often sell out completely.

For ticket information, pricing, and online purchase, please visit our TICKETS page.
For location, directions, parking, and hours of operation, please visit our PLAN A VISIT page.

Holiday hours:
We are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. On Christmas Eve, we are open between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm, with the last tour beginning at 12 pm.

Tours of the Cottage

The Cottage Tour
Enjoy a one-hour guided tour of the Cottage. Tour is offered every day of the week, on the hour every hour from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday – Saturday and 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Sunday.

The Emancipation Tour
This tour explores Lincoln’s road to emancipation, a process that started with what he referred to as his “school of events” and culminated at the Cottage-when the opportunity and political will of a wartime president came together in a way that forever changed this country. Tour is offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 3:00 pm.

Group and Specialty Tours of the Cottage

We recommend you read about our Group Tour Policies prior to scheduling a tour. Questions? Contact Sahand Miraminy at SMiraminy@savingplaces.org or 202-829-0436 ext. 31232.

I made arrangements to bring a bus tour of 30+ people to the Cottage and your staff made it one of the most pleasant experiences I’ve ever had in the times I’ve spent putting these tours together. Please extend a giant ‘thank you’ to the ticket manager, the guides, the folks in the bookstore, and everyone else at the Cottage. It couldn’t have been a better experience!
-Liz Stringer, Michigan

The Signature Cottage Tour*
A guided tour of the Cottage and self-guided exploration of the exhibits in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center
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-3 weeks advanced reservations required
-$12.50 per person (minimum 10 people)

The Signature Cottage Tour for Seniors*
A custom tour for groups in which most members have limited mobility.  Includes a guided  tour of the Cottage and self-guided exploration of the exhibits in the Robert   H. Smith Visitor Education Center.
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3 weeks advanced reservations required
-$12.50 per person (minimum 10 people)

Private and Specialty Group Tours

We recommend you read about our Group Tour Policies prior to scheduling a tour. Questions? Contact Sahand Miraminy at 202-829-0436 ext. 31232 or SMiraminy@savingplaces.org.

The Cabinet Experience*
An exclusive visit which includes a custom Cottage Tour followed by participation in the award-winning, interactive, museum educator-led program Lincoln’s Toughest  Decisions: Debating Emancipation

-3 weeks advanced reservations required

-$12.50 per person (minimum 10 people); plus an additional $100 per Debating Emancipation session

The Premium Cottage Tour Experience
A private visit with a personal welcome by the Director, a custom Cottage tour, and a post tour behind-the-scenes experience

-3 weeks advanced reservations recommended

-$300 for up to 10 people. $30 per additional person

The Director’s Cottage Tour Experience
A private visit to the Cottage with a personal welcome, orientation, and custom tour led by the Director

-3 weeks advanced reservations recommended

-$500 for up to 10 people. $50 per additional person

Birthday Parties
President Lincoln’s Cottage provides a fun and unique birthday experience for children!
A  Lincoln’s Hat birthday party rental lasts two hours and includes:
-40  minute interactive tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage
-40 minute hands-on activity (appropriate for children turning 5- children turning 10)
-40  minute birthday celebration.

Birthday Party Guidelines

Birthday Party Reservations