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Step into History with a Field Trip at Edwards Place!

Tour the Historic House

Great for grades 4—8!
Your tour through historic Edwards Place allows your class to step back in time and experience life in Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield, Illinois.  Enjoy plenty of touch-it opportunities throughout this antebellum mansion, newly restored to its 1857 appearance. 

Stay and Paint

Unleash your inner Picassos!

After you’ve visited the historic house, unleash your creativity at a painting workshop in the Springfield Art Association’s Studio of Art! Our talented instructors provide a brief art history lesson, then guide your class through the process of creating their own masterpieces using acrylic paint on canvas.  We provide everything you will need: canvas, paints, brushes and even a smock.  Your students will be amazed at what they can create in just an hour!


*$10 fee per student for painting activity

Information on Booking a Field Trip


Admission fee: $2.00 per student for a one-hour guided tour. Painting activity is an additional $10 per student. We accept cash, VISA and Master Card. Checks can be made payable to: Springfield Art Association.


Chaperones:  One chaperone for every 10 students is required and admitted free of charge. Each adult exceeding this ratio will be charged an adult admission ($5.00). 


Lunch Facilities: Edwards Place has no indoor eating space. However, during pleasant weather you are welcome to bring lunches for a picnic on the lawn.


Time: Tours and painting activities typically take 1—1.5 hours each.


Parking: Free bus and car parking is available in our adjacent lot or on the street.


Scheduling:  Schedule an educational tour or book a traveling trunk by calling the Curator at 217-523-2631 or by emailing

Six children sitting around a rectangular dining table decorated with Victorian table settings
Young smiing girl sitting at a table painting
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