SPRINGFIELD – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum celebrated the arrival of its four millionth visitor on Friday, February 26, 2016. That’s sooner than expected and less than 11 years after opening.
Balloons fell from the ceiling when Elise Arnold of Florence, Ore., entered the museum. She received membership in the presidential library’s foundation, $100 worth of merchandise from the museum gift shop, a free lunch and a backstage tour of the museum’s popular “Ghosts of the Library” show.
Governor Bruce Rauner said “I congratulate the 4 millionth visitor and look forward to our state enjoying this museum for generations to come.”
ALPLM attendance continues to beat projections. Before the museum opened, estimates suggested total attendance after 11 years would be 2.65 million.