Tour Information

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

Traffic alert: Memorial Day weekend traffic in Washington, D.C. is heavy, so please leave extra time when traveling to the Cottage May 23-25.

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. Tours begin in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center and last approximately 1 hour from start to finish. 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.

Group and Specialty Tours of the Cottage

We recommend you read about our Group Tour Policies prior to scheduling a tour. Questions? Contact Michelle Martz at MMartz@savingplaces.org or 202-829-0436 ext. 224.

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 Michelle Martz at MMartz@savingplaces.org or 202-829-0436 ext. 224.

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