SOURCE: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

June 26, 2013 13:31 ET

Lincoln: The Exhibition Opens to Record Numbers at the Reagan Library

Museum Attendance up 25% in First Three Weeks of Exhibit Opening

SIMI VALLEY, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 26, 2013) -

In the first three weeks since Lincoln: The Exhibition opened at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, guest attendance has increased 25% over the Library's average June attendance for the past three years. Due to the large crowds, timed tickets are available and can be purchased in advance on the Library's website at In addition to California, Museum guests have come from Texas, Florida, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, as well as other areas of the country and around the globe, to see this exceptional exhibit.

Former first lady Nancy Reagan toured Lincoln: The Exhibition in its first week, saying, "How exciting it was to see so many of Abraham Lincoln's personal belongings, especially his famous top hat, all brought together for this one exhibit. I'm very proud that Ronnie's Library is offering this wonderful glimpse into the life of Abraham Lincoln, and I hope Americans and people from around the world will come to see it."

The tremendous response to this exhibit is expected to continue through the Fourth of July weekend and summer months. With its unique and educational content for all ages, Lincoln: The Exhibition has a broad appeal to families with children of all ages, as well as to seniors and the general public alike.

"The response to our Lincoln exhibit has been extraordinary," said John Heubusch, executive director for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. "There is both a historical and Hollywood fascination with our country's sixteenth president and there has been overwhelming demand to see it brought together. Nowhere else in the country can families observe President Lincoln's writings and policies like his signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment, see his famous pocket watch, bear witness to the flag that draped his coffin, all the while getting up close to the Oscar winning sets and nominated costumes from the Steven Spielberg directed 'Lincoln' movie."

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Thirty renowned Lincoln collectors and DreamWorks Studios joined the Reagan Library for a major Abraham Lincoln Exhibit. Objects on display include President Lincoln's famous stovepipe hat, a bloodied pillow from the night he died, a Lincoln-signed Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment, and sets from DreamWorks' "Lincoln" Movie.

Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, the DreamWorks Studios film "Lincoln" swept the nation with its intimate look at one of our nation's greatest leaders. Now the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum has delved even deeper into the life of our sixteenth president with the help of twenty-four of the country's most well-known Lincoln collectors, including Louise Taper, Hildene (The Lincoln Family Home), Ford's Theater, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, as well as with DreamWorks Studios.

Running through September 30, 2013, the Reagan Library exhibit explores the life of Abraham Lincoln, commemorates the Civil War and marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. This extraordinary and engaging special exhibit, featuring over 250 original artifacts on Abraham Lincoln and sets from the Steven Spielberg-directed movie "Lincoln," is a must-see for everyone.

Highlights of this fascinating and educational exhibit include:

  • Abraham Lincoln's stovepipe hat and gold pocket watch
  • Mary Todd Lincoln's Bible, jewelry and other personal items
  • Abraham Lincoln's earliest childhood writings
  • A President Lincoln-signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and a President Lincoln-signed copy of the 13th Amendment
  • A bloody pillow on which President Lincoln died at the Petersen Boarding House
  • A fragment of Abraham Lincoln's coat from Ford's Theatre
  • The handwritten personal testimony of Boston Corbett, the man who killed John Wilkes Booth
  • An American flag that draped President Lincoln's coffin

In addition to the original documents, artifacts and objects on display, the Reagan Library will be showcasing the costumes and Oscar-winning sets from DreamWorks Studios' "Lincoln" film, including the entire set surrounding President Lincoln's office, portions of Mary Todd Lincoln's vanity set, and portions of Peterson's Boarding House set. Items on display include Oscar-nominated costumes for Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln and Tad Lincoln. 

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA

The Reagan Library is open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., closed only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. General Admission: $16; Senior Admission: $13; Children (11-17) Admission: $9; Youth (5-10): $6; Children 4 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at

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