We look forward to welcoming you to the Lincoln family’s beloved home! As a private nonprofit, we have the privilege of stewarding this National Monument on federal property and making it available to the public. Our guidelines help ensure pleasant coexistence between our operation, the Armed Forces Retirement Home and our other neighbors.
When you visit, please note:
- Entry to the Cottage is by guided tour and requires a ticket.
- Visitor check-in is at the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, where all tours begin.
- 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.
- 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 designated spaces only: the Museum Store or Atrium in the Visitor Education Center, or in the picnic area behind the Center.
- 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 (see map below). Exploring beyond these boundaries is not permitted and results in trespassing on federal property.
- If you’re interested in Grounds Passes, click here for more details.