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ashbourne, United Kingdom
September 23, 2012
From journal Following Mr Lincoln
July 28, 2005
The museum features an introductory multimedia movie and a presentation by a museum "historian." These make this museum unique, as it engages you and your senses in ways other history museums do not. Kids seem to really enjoy them, and if you are not familiar with Lincoln's life and times, I definitely recommend seeing them first before the exhibits.
The displays are life-size and cover his life, from humble beginnings to election to assassination. There are multimedia, multi-sensory exhibits throughout, and a few scenes of slavery and political tension that may even scare youngsters. There is a dress-up room, but I recommend taking school-age children and above, because it seems like they at least need to know who the man was to appreciate the exhibits.
There is a nice gift shop and a restaurant in the complex. Touring exhibits will occupy the third gallery. Currently, "Blood on the Moon" fills this space, focusing on the assassination. It even has the actual bed Lincoln passed away in (the one in D.C. is a reproduction!) and the carriage he used, plus blood-stained articles of clothing from the evening.
Admission is $7.50 for adults, and you can preorder tickets online to avoid long ticket lines at the museum. But be prepared if you go during the summer to stand in line to get into the exhibits and films. It is not a long wait, but it was the first time I've ever stood in line at a history museum (it is great that people are so interested!).
From journal Lincoln's Hometown