A Home

for Brave Ideas

President Lincoln’s Cottage is a historic site and museum located on a 250 acre campus in Northwest Washington, D.C. Here Abraham Lincoln made some of his most nation-changing decisions and developed the Emancipation Proclamation. Each day, we see how the significance of what happened here more than 150 years ago ignites courageous new ideas, encourages respectful dialogue, and promotes thoughtful compromise.

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The Cottage shows the humanity and responsibility we all have to fight for justice.

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This place reminded me of my responsibility as a citizen and keeper of my nation.

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The exhibit changed me. I am substantively different as a result.

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Especially during this time of unease and uncertainty of the future, these reflections are of the utmost importance.

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I love bringing people here. Stimulates great discussion and I always learn something new.

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When was the last time a museum left you with such introspection?

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This is a spiritual experience like none I’ve ever had.

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It’s a hidden treasure. In one of the most inspiring but trying times, I experienced an appreciation of our nation in a way that no other place in DC can do.


Open Daily

9:30AM – 4:30PM


Site Entrance

140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW,
Washington, DC 20011

Historic. Significant. Relevant.

Visit Us

Located in the Petworth neighborhood of D.C., President Lincoln’s Cottage, its galleries, and its landscape feature experiences for all ages. We are offering new onsite and virtual experiences that allow us to safely share Abraham Lincoln’s legacy in a setting that he loved. Get your tickets and join us today.

Outdoor table event
Lincoln Cottage Nighttime Wedding
Lincoln Cottage Corporate Private Event
Lincoln Cottage Wedding Site

Memorable. Meaningful.

Private Event Venue

Host your event at a place that shares your values. The Cottage has a significant place in the history of freedom and is an unforgettable venue for weddings, corporate events, and more. Our award-winning site offers options for indoor and outdoor entertaining, with ADA accessible grounds and ample, free on-site parking. Learn more about how we can make your event historic.

Our Impact


Cottage visitors since 2008


awards won, including a Presidential Medal


invested in caring for the historic buildings and landscape


countries tune in for our Q&Abe podcast


students and 7,800+ teachers served since 2010


miles traveled by Students Opposing Slavery program members since 2013

Join the Brave Ideas Movement

Brave Ideas should be shared. President Lincoln’s Cottage relies on our generous donor partners and members to advance our mission “to reveal the true Lincoln and continue the fight for freedom.” Your support helps us provide transformative experiences for thousands of people each year and preserve a dedicated space for courage, justice, and freedom to flourish.

President Lincoln’s Cottage is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity. It is the only National Monument that receives no federal operating support. Support our mission today.

Your support serves to:

Preserve President
Lincoln’s legacy

Create programming and
experiences that increase
our impact

Offer scholarships for
schools and students

Provide immersive educational
exhibits that teach through
shared experience

Help keep tours, programs,
and resources affordable &

Promote thoughtful dialogue
and increased awareness
surrounding freedom & justice

Brave Ideas

Advancing Brave Ideas
Through Education

We provide interactive, facilitated education programs that support students and teachers as they grapple with civic priorities, community problem-solving, slavery, and freedom. We use Lincoln’s example to inspire all learners to forge their own path to greatness. Find out how you can be a part of learning and sharing brave ideas.

Lincoln Cottage Girl Raising Hand
Lincoln Cottage Girl Raising Hand


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Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons for Students Opposing Slavery

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