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Props from Lincoln Movie Coming to Illinois


Springfield will soon have a bit of recent Hollywood history on display.

The producers of the movie "Lincoln" are loaning several items from the film to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

We envision it being here for several years.

There are costumes, props, and two sets, including the cabinet room where Lincoln argued with his "team of rivals."

Daniel Day-Lewis won an Academy Award for his performance.

Museum spokesman Chris Wills says the items are on an indefinite loan, with no timeline for how long the exhibit will last.

“We envision it being here for several years - you know, five years or so. And if at the end of that period it's still seems to be going well - still seems to be popular - and the kind folks at Dreamworks are still open to letting us use it, then it will remain after that," Wills said.

The exhibit will actually be across the street from the museum in the restored Union Station.

Visitors will have to pay five-dollars to see just the "Lincoln" movie items, or fifteen-dollars to see that and the full museum.

Brian Mackey covers Illinois state government and politics from the WUIS Statehouse bureau. He was previously A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He can be reached at (217) 206-6020.