Designated a National Monument by President Clinton in 2000, President Lincoln’s Cottage served as Lincoln’s family residence for a quarter of his presidency and is the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln’s presidency aside from the White House. President Lincoln’s Cottage is a nontraditional “museum of ideas” that takes a fresh look at Lincoln’s life and legacy in an authentic place — his beloved home.
Tours of the Cottage explore Lincoln’s ideas and place his experiences here within the larger context of the Civil War and America’s struggle to reconcile competing definitions of liberty and equality. Our highly-trained, passionate staff of Museum Program Associates lead intimate tours through the Cottage, using interactive multimedia and traditional storytelling methods to bring President Lincoln to life in a minimally-furnished space. The vibrant, conversational tour provides new perspectives on Lincoln’s life, gives space for self-reflection, and connects Lincoln’s work to advance freedom with contemporary challenges to human rights. Visitors will leave feeling inspired and motivated to take their own path to greatness.
We welcome visitors from all walks of life to experience President Lincoln’s Cottage. To learn more about our guidelines for visitors, and recommendations for an optimal tour experience, view the Visitor Guidelines page on our website.President Lincoln's Cottage is located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) campus in northwest Washington, D.C. Eagle Gate is at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street NW, 20011. This is the only open gate to enter the AFRH.