Your visit to Edwards Place will include a guided tour through the newly-restored first and second floor. The home is interpreted to 1857 and furnished with wonderful examples of Victorian furniture, including many pieces that belonged to the Edwards family. You will also see the authentic "Lincoln Courting Couch" from the parlor of the Ninian Edwards home where Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married and a piano that was likely played at their wedding.
Tours of Edwards Place are offered:
Public - Tuesday-Saturday at 1 PM
Private Appointment - email for a private tour
Private tours are the same admission price as public tours, but require booking of at least 7 days before tour and payment at time of booking
Admission is $5 for adults; children 10 and under are free.
Days closed: Sundays and Mondays, National holidays
*Open by appointment only in January and February*
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Masks are required by all staff, volunteers, and visitors. Public tours are limited to 10 visitors at one time to follow social distancing guidelines.
Take a virtual tour of Edwards Place. Added in 2019, this tour is still under construction. If you have difficulty using stairs, please alert staff and we can set you up with a virtual tour of the second floor. The first floor is handicap accessible.
We can also offer you a virtual guided tour with one of our tour guides through Zoom. Please call or email to set up a Zoom appointment.
Groups of more than 10 people are encouraged to make an appointment in advance. Group tours may be scheduled outside of normal tour times. During Phase IV of reopening Illinois, group tours are limited to 30 guests, or 25% of the home's capacity.
Admission is $5 per adult; $2 per student/child (chaperones free for school groups on a 10:1 ratio - any additional chaperones pay the adult price)
Lunch and/or lectures can be added onto group tours for additional fees. Please click on our link to the Group Tour Brochure for more details.
Canvas & Cocktails Painting
Get in touch with your artistic side! For an additional $20 per person, groups can unleash their creativity with a painting workshop in the adjacent Studio of Art! Our talented instructors guide your group through the process of creating their own masterpieces. We provide all the supplies; you may, if you wish, provide beer or wine to make this a "canvas & cocktails" experience!
Tea Party Program
Partake in sweet and savory treats in the historic parlors of Edwards Place as you enjoy a program on Victorian life and culture.
$30 per person, minimum 25 people with $25 booking fee.
Location & Parking
Edwards Place is located at 700 North 4th St., two blocks north of Carpenter Street. Free parking is available on our adjacent lot and on 4th Street.