President Lincoln’s Cottage began its reopening on July 1, 2020, consistent with Washington, DC’s guidelines for museums. We are offering new and adapted exterior-only programs for the time being while the Cottage interior remains closed for the safety of our commuity.
Hours and Offerings
- Friday-Monday 9:30am-4:30pm*
*Visitors must pre-purchase tickets online.
Explore the historic landscape surrounding President Lincoln’s Cottage in these unique, guided outdoor experiences offered for the first time as part of our daily public programming:
- Storytelling on the South Lawn: Inspired by Lincoln’s own penchant for storytelling at the Cottage, 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: Located just two hundred yards from the front of the Cottage, the US Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery holds incredible significance to President Lincoln’s time at the Cottage. This tour will illuminate the lives of the thousands of men and women buried in one of the country’s oldest National Cemeteries.
AUGUST TOUR SCHEDULE
Friday through Monday
- 10 am – Cemetery Tour
- 11 am – Storytelling on the South Lawn (Veranda)
- 1 pm – Preservation Tours (Around Exterior of Cottage)
- 2 pm – Storytelling on the South Lawn (Veranda)
- 3pm- Cemetery Tour
(Note: No 12 pm Tour)
-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
- 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 Mayor’s Order of July 22, 202o. 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.
Virtual Resources and Programs
Upcoming Public Programs
We have listened to our audiences and are excited to offer new, timely virtual programs. Together, we can draw strength from the past to meet the challenges of today. Click here for a list of upcoming programs.
Whether you are a teacher, student, or guardian, we have a wide variety of digital resources to support learning at a distance. Click here for online modules, printable lesson plans, and more.
Q & Abe Podcast
Subscribe and listen to seasons 1 and 2 of our podcast, Q&Abe, which has listeners in 35 countries. Episodes, transcripts, and bonus content can be found here.
Support President Lincoln’s Cottage
President Lincoln’s Cottage is the only National Monument in the country that does not receive federal operating support. We typically rely on a healthy mix of donations, grants, and earned income through ticket, store, and event sales. We’re facing a significant, six-figure shortfall every month we’re closed. We are pursuing all available options. You can help.
Give the gift of a future visit to President Lincoln’s Cottage. Purchase an e-gift card that can be used when we re-open for tour tickets, or in our museum shop.
If you purchased a ticket during our closure period you will receive an email from President Lincoln’s Cottage that includes options for donating, rescheduling, or refunding. For further assistance, please email Info@lincolncottage.org.
We are monitoring and evaluating developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and DC Department of Health in order to protect the safety and health of our visitors, volunteers, staff, and community.
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