Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum

The Museum was an undertaking of the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and Quincy's Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. It is located across the street from the debate site in Washington Park and was dedicated in October 2009 as a lasting legacy to the sixth debate and to commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s place in Quincy’s history.

The museum reopened in 2023 on the 165th anniversary of the debate after an 18-month renovation of its space and the production of five state-of-the-art videos and four new exhibits. The Turning Point video and exhibit panels explain why the debate was so important, how it affected United States history, and its importance in defining the morality of slavery and catapulting Abraham Lincoln to national attention.

Other videos and exhibits include Quincy in the Lincoln Era, Lincoln’s 30-year friendship with the Brownings, the hidden history of Lincoln’s Rum Sweat after the debate, Quincy’s Judge Douglas, A Slave Nation, and the Lincoln Heritage Trail: Quincy's 18 Looking for Lincoln Wayside Exhibits. 

Visitor Information

Address: 128 N. 5th Street Quincy, Illinois 62301