Thank you for your interest in the Illinois Governor’s Mansion. The People’s House has both a revitalized look and mission. Your guests will enjoy the elegance of our refurbished Italianate-style mansion and experience Illinois history and art. It serves as the official residence of the First Family; a working office; a venue for educational, professional, community, and civic events; and a museum for visitors to Springfield. The Governor’s Mansion is a historic landmark that needs to be a living museum and treated with care. 

In addition to our newly renovated building and grounds, the Governor’s Mansion has also made significant changes to our visitors’ experience. Tours will be led by professionally trained staff and volunteers, whom we call “interpreters”, to ensure every guest of the Mansion receives a personalized and informative experience. 

Whether you are visiting with a school group, art enthusiasts, or as a family, the Governor’s Mansion is pleased to offer a tailored tour experience to best fit the needs of our guests.

Please be aware that self-guided tours are not permitted.

Booking Tours

Group tours can be scheduled through the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). Public tour groups are limited to 15 guests. Groups larger than 18 shall divide into smaller subgroups. All visitors over 16 years of age must present a government-issued ID, school ID, or passport upon entry. Groups under 15 individuals are welcomed on a walk up basis without a ticket during tour hours. 

School Groups

School groups must also reserve their tours through the Springfield CVB. Groups larger than 15 shall divide into smaller subgroups and must be accompanied by a chaperone.  Each group must provide the total number of guests, as well as the names of children and adults on each tour in advance. Further information may be requested by the tour staff and guides for additional verification. All visitors over 16 years of age must present a government-issued ID, school ID, or passport upon entry.

Historic Tour Hours

When you arrive, please check in with our staff located at the Jackson Street Gate. The Governor’s Mansion is open to the public for tours daily from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM.  Reserved tours depart on the half hour at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 PM. Walk up tours will be accommodated on a first come-first served basis. The last walk up tour will depart at 4:00 PM.

The Mansion is closed for tours on state holidays and during certain official functions. Tour length is approximately one hour and may vary depending on age and size of group.

Art of Illinois Tour Information

Art of Illinois gallery tours, designed specifically with the art enthusiast in mind! Art of Illinois gallery tours will guide guests through all spaces of the Governor’s Mansion where art is on display. In addition, Art of Illinois family tours will be scheduled on the third Sunday of each month at the Illinois Governor’s Mansion. 

Family tours are designed for families with children ages 3-12 to encourage children and adults to enjoy the exhibition together.  September 16, Art Investigation; October 21, The Nature of Art; November 18: Listening to Visual Art; and December 16, Sculpture Safari.  

Reservations are required. If you are interested in scheduling a gallery tour, please call: 217-782-6450. 

Accessibility

Thanks to our recent renovation, the Governor’s Mansion is proud to be fully compliant with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”). Please inform staff if your group needs any special assistance or accommodations.

Security

All visitors over the age of 16 must bring a government- or school-issued, valid photo ID or passport to gain entry to the Mansion grounds. Please inform the House Manager if your group needs any special assistance or accommodations surrounding this requirement.   

Photo Policy

Flash photography is not allowed in the Governor’s Mansion.  Non-flash photography and videotaping is allowed in designated spaces during tours, which will be announced by your interpreter.  The use of selfie sticks is prohibited.

Bag Policy

Visitors to the Governor’s Mansion for guided tours may not bring large personal bags onto the Mansion grounds. Mansion grounds do not have lockers or storage facilities on site. Small bags will be allowed and are subject to search by members of security. Backpacks are not permitted. Visitors with an unauthorized bag will be advised to return the item to store it offsite.

The above policies may be waived with prior written approval at the discretion of the House Manager on a situational basis, if it is determined to be in the best interest of the Mansion and consistent with its mission.