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Safety First As Lincoln Presidential Museum Welcomes Visitors Again

Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum will begin welcoming visitors again on Monday, Jan. 25. The museum said clear, simple safety protocols will be in place to protect all guests.

Visitors will need to schedule their appointments in advance so the number of people in the building at any one time can be held to safe levels. Visitors will also have to wear masks that cover the mouth and nose, answer basic health questions and have their temperatures taken before they can enter.

The museum said the facility has been meticulously cleaned and disinfected, and protective barriers have been installed in key places to ensure guest and employee safety. Visitors will be also be encouraged to stay one “Lincoln” apart -- 6 feet, 4 inches -- the equivalent of President Lincoln’s height.

Measures to maximize public safety include:

  • Requiring tickets be purchased in advance, either online or by telephone
  • Requiring face masks at all times 
  • Installing signs with outlines of Lincoln’s feet to help visitors maintain proper physical distance 
  • Reducing the number of theater performances and maintaining safe guest distancing throughout the shows (theaters will be cleaned and disinfected after each performance)
  • The temporary closure of the “Mrs. Lincoln’s Attic” play area
  • Establishing a strict cleaning and sanitation regimen for the museum and library. 

The museum will maintain its usual schedule of being open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Visitors can buy tickets up to two weeks in advance at www.PresidentLincoln.Illinois.gov

The library portion of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will not immediately be open to visitors. Its reopening date has not been set yet. In the meantime, researchers can access information by visiting www.PresidentLincoln.Illinois.gov or emailing alplm.reference@illinois.gov.

Guy Stephens produces news stories for the station, and coordinates our online events calendar, PSAs and Arts Calendar announcements. In each of these ways, Guy helps keep our listening community informed about what's going on, whether on a national or local level. Guy's degrees are in music, and he spent a number of years as a classical host on WNIU. In fact, after nearly 20 years with Northern Public Radio, the best description of his job may be "other duties as required."