Blind / Low Vision

Tactile Exhibit with chair upholstery, curtain, doorknob, carpet, and small toys
Visitors are welcome to touch the tactile exhibit in the visitor center



Visitor Center Tactile Exhibits

Located on the north side of the Visitor Center. Includes pieces and materials of the Lincoln Home, allowing one to get the feel of the Lincoln Home by touching the objects and materials that filled their rooms. Descriptions accompany the artifacts in English and in braille to help blind or visually impaired visitors have a sense of how the Lincoln's home appeared.
In addition, on the south side of the Visitor Center there is a reproduction of the Volk Mask, located next to the donation box in the Visitor Center. The Volk Mask reproduction is a life mask made of Abraham Lincoln’s face and hands and can be touched.

Lincoln Home Tour Sensory/Tactile Book

A sensory/tactile book is available for checkout at the Visitor Center front desk for use during a Lincoln Home tour. The book contains materials and textures found in the Lincoln Home and are numbered with braille. During tour, ranger will mention materials or items in rooms which will coordinate with materials and textures in the tactile book.

Braille Materials

Braille copies of a written copy of the Lincoln Home tour and site unigrid are available for checkout upon request at the Visitor Center front desk.

Audio Described Park Film

Access to an audio-described versions of the park films which can be watched alongside the non-audio described version in the Visitor Center is available upon request at the Visitor Center front desk.

Outdoor Wayside Exhibit Audio Descriptions

Audio descriptions and narration of the outdoor wayside exhibits located around the site is available via the NPS Mobile App. The NPS Mobile app is available for iOS and Android through the App Store and Google Play by searching “National Park Service.”

In the NPS Mobile App, under Lincoln Home National Historic Site, wayside audio description is built into the screen-reader functions of the “Lincoln Home Outdoor Wayside Exhibit Tour” self-guided tour.



General Site Information

Lincoln Home National Historic Site is compromised of a relatively flat elevation 4 block square area with wide gravel streets and wooden boardwalks. Gravel streets and boardwalks can both be uneven, and boardwalks can get slippery when icy or wet. Curb between streets and boardwalks is a bit deep. There are no ramps at the main intersection of 8th and Jackson streets but are available at the end of each block.

Last updated: March 16, 2024

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413 S. 8th Street
Springfield, IL 62701


217 492-4241

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