Through the compelling history, math, and science of surveying, A. Lincoln's National Museum of Surveying is dedicated to preserving the illustrious past of surveying while ensuring its future. With vivid images, superb storytelling, and dynamic multimedia, the museum creates a truly personalized and customizable tour for each patron in order to show the world as her or she has never seen it before.
Robert E. Church, Treasurer
Matt Parbs, Assistant Director
Not for Profit
The National Museum of Surveying, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization, FEIN #, 20-8376612.
History of A. Lincoln's National Museum of Surveying
Launched in 1989 in Lansing, Michigan, the new National Museum of Surveying opened its doors in downtown Springfield, Illinois in the fall of 2010. The 10,000-square foot museum is located in the former Roberts Brothers Building.
About A. Lincoln's National Museum of Surveying
A. Lincoln's National Museum of Surveying is the only museum of its kind in the country. Far from being just a series of dusty tools and old maps, the museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of surveying, as well as describing how the story of surveying is the story of America. Through an interactive blend of math, science, and history, you will see the world as you have never seen it before: through impressive exhibits, artifacts, and stories. The museum is a truly personalized experience.
Visitors will see original surveying equipment from throughout history with a focus on Abraham Lincoln's career as a surveyor. The artifacts are just a backdrop for the real show: the stories and pictures of the development of America.
The Educational Theater
In the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors mini-theater, visitors will learn what land surveyors do today, as the museum is dedicated not only to preserving the legacy of surveying, but increasing the awareness of surveying as a career.
Science on a Sphere
One of the highlights of the museum is its Science on a Sphere® (SOS), a world-class exhibit. There are only 81 in the world. The SOS is an animated, 68-inch globe that hangs from the ceiling and displays beautiful, detailed, dynamic images of the Earth's atmosphere, oceans, weather, and our solar system. It was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The museum's second floor has a community room with a breathtaking view of the Old State Capitol and is available for receptions, meetings, and seminars. Call (217) 523-3130 now to schedule your event. Click for information about facility rental.