The monument is owned and administered by the State of Illinois as Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site.
The tomb is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and three of their four sons.
The memorial was completed in 1874.
The remains of Lincoln and his three youngest sons had been placed in the crypts in 1871. In 1876, because of an attempt to steal the president's remains, Lincoln's body was moved to a cement vault below the burial room.
A bronze reproduction of sculptor Gutzon Borglum's head of Lincoln in the U.S. Capitol rests on a pedestal in front of the entrance way. It is considered good luck to touch the nose of the bust.
In 1960 the Tomb was designated a National Historic Landmark and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.