Our final part of the morning in Springfield was spent at the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Lincoln’s Tomb. The Presidential Museum was honestly one of the best museums I’ve been to in a very long time. It is split into two main sections: Lincoln’s early life and The Presidential Years. The Early life section focuses on Lincoln’s boyhood, his time as a shopkeeper, and his years as a lawyer. It discussed his romances and his family as well as his failed run for senator.
The Presidential Years section was what really impressed me. I didn’t take as many pictures because I was really just soaking in the atmosphere and exhibits that brought his time as president to life. You know you’ve found a good museum when you feel as though you should be quiet and respectful of his body lying in state and then remind yourself that’s it’s not real!
After the museum we had a quick lunch back at Cracker Barrel and then headed up to the north side of town to visit Lincoln’s Tomb. Many people don’t realize it, but you can actually go inside the Tomb, not just see the outside. When you go inside it is filled with plaques containing famous quotes from Lincoln and you can see his tombstone as well as those of his immediate family. It was a very somber place to visit and I’m glad I could pay respect to one of America’s greatest leaders.