Visit President Lincoln’s Cottage
While the interior of the Cottage remains closed to contain the spread of COVID-19, we are pleased to offer new outdoor experiences to safely continue to share with our public new perspectives on Abraham Lincoln and the home that he loved:
- Storytelling on the South Lawn: Guides will draw upon the history of the Cottage to tell stories about the important legacy that President Lincoln created here – including the development of the Emancipation Proclamation.
- Cemetery Tour: This tour will illuminate the lives of many of the men and women buried in one of the country’s oldest National Cemeteries, the US Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery, located 200 yards from President Lincoln’s Cottage.
AUGUST TOUR SCHEDULE
10 am Tour -Storytelling on the South Lawn (Veranda)
- 11 am Tour – Cemetery Tour
- 1 pm Tour – Storytelling on the South Lawn (Veranda)
- 2 pm Tour – Cemetery Tour
- 3 pm Tour – Storytelling on the South Lawn (Veranda)
-Children (6-12): $5
-Military (Active Duty and Veterans). Must present valid ID: $10
-President Lincoln’s Cottage Members (2 member-priced tickets per valid ID): $6.50
-National Trust for Historic Preservation Members (2 member-priced tickets per valid ID): $10
All tickets are half price for members. Become a member here:
- Only guests with tickets will be allowed to enter the grounds.
- Visitors should check-in for tours under the tent just outside of the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center
- President Lincoln’s Cottage is on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Security for the Armed Forces Retirement Home requires visitors to show valid identification at the security gate in order to enter the property. Please be prepared to show your ID.
- Visitors three years and older are required to wear face masks while on the grounds per the order of the Mayor of the District of Columbia. Security at the gate will ask to see your masks before allowing you to enter the grounds.
- When possible staff and visitors will maintain 6-feet of social distancing to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure.
- Photography of the Cottage and Visitor Education Center exteriors for private use is welcome and encouraged—feel free to tag us on social media @lincolnscottage. Interior and/or professional photography requires advance approval. To request permission see details here»
- Parking is permitted in our designated lot only; a bike rack is located behind the Visitor Education Center.
- Food and beverages may be consumed in the picnic area behind the Visitor Education Center.
- Visitors may also bring lawn chairs or other seating to enjoy tours comfortably.
- For your safety and protection of the art or artifacts, sitting or climbing on the cannons and Lincoln and Horse sculpture is not permitted.
- Please respect the privacy of the residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home and remember to keep to the landscape and walkways immediately surrounding the Cottage and the Visitor Education Center. Exploring beyond these boundaries is not permitted and results in trespassing on federal property.