President Lincoln's Cottage

Restored retreat where Lincoln drafted the Emancipation Proclamation, site deemed a national monument by Bill Clinton in 2000. Tour guides use interactive tablets throughout hour-long tour. Education center. Guided tours only, reservations online. "American By Belief," the 16th president's little-known immigration policies, ongoing. Mon.-Sat. first tour 10 a.m., last tour 3 p.m. Visitor Center 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun. first tour 11 a.m., last tour 3 p.m. Visitor Center 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $15, military $12, children (6-12) $5.

Sponsor Message: 

President Lincoln’s Cottage is an historic site and museum located in the Petworth neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C. President Lincoln’s Cottage first opened to the public in February 2008. It is the only place the public can experience the history of Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life where he lived and worked for over a quarter of his presidency. While in residence at the Cottage, Lincoln visited with wounded soldiers, spent time with self-emancipated men, women and children, and developed the Emancipation Proclamation. The human cost of the Civil War surrounded him, undoubtedly impacted his thinking, and strengthened his resolve to challenge the status quo.

Through innovative guided tours, exhibits and programs, we use Lincoln’s example to inspire visitors to take their own path to greatness, and preserve this place as an authentic, tangible connection to the past and a beacon of hope for all who take up Lincoln’s unfinished work.

Monday – Saturday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sunday: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM


Tickets are required for entry to the Cottage. Purchasing tickets in advance of your visit is strongly recommended and is the only way to guarantee your spot on a tour.


Phone: 202-829-0436

140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW
Washington, DC 20011
United States

Map of President Lincoln's Cottage