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Nebraska State Capitol

Tour Lincoln’s gleaming art deco Capitol building to learn about the architecture and local legislature of the Tower on the Plains.

Nebraska State Capitol is a commanding governmental building in downtown Lincoln. Its distinctive tower is easily identifiable across the city and its elegant architecture incorporates elements of classical, Byzantine and ecclesiastical architecture. Explore this magnificent Capitol building to see Nebraska’s seat of government and the ornately decorated halls and galleries showcasing historical artworks and artifacts.

Wander around the Capitol’s grounds to admire the Indiana-sandstone structure’s intriguing architectural design. The New York architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue designed the building in 1920 and its construction spanned 1922 to 1932. Check out the references to church architecture in the capitol’s transepts and central rotunda.

Nebraska’s 93 counties are inscribed along the main building’s roofline and a series of bas-reliefs depict the creation of law, from Moses on Mount Sinai to the Magna Carta and Abraham Lincoln. Gaze up at the 400-foot (122-meter) tall tower to see its sculpted buttresses and gold-tiled dome framed by thunderbird mosaics. Atop the dome, you can see a sculpture of The Sower, representing local agriculture and fostering growth. To the west, you’ll find the impressive granite plinth and bronze statue of the Lincoln Monument.

Enter the Capitol’s corridor to discover the building’s interior. The Capitol is split into three parts: the Vestibule, the Great Hall and the Rotunda. Join a tour to get an insight into the history and artistry behind these ornate governmental rooms. See magnificent mosaics and sun motifs in the Vestibule. The Great Hall features the Nebraska Hall of Fame, where you can look at bronze busts of famous Nebraskans. See more mosaic panels in the Rotunda and the elaborate murals that decorate many of the hallways.

Head to the north tower elevators to gain access to the 14th-floor observation decks. Take in panoramic views of the city skyline from this historic tower. Pick up souvenirs from the Capitol’s Landmark Store in the south hall.

Tours take between 30 and 60 minutes and run hourly, except at noon. Admission and tours are free. You might catch a special event at the Capitol, such as music concerts, rallies and official ceremonies.

Nebraska State Capitol is located in downtown Lincoln and open daily. It is approximately a 20-minute walk from Lincoln’s Amtrak Station.


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Graduate Lincoln $85
Graduate Lincoln

Graduate Lincoln

141 N 9th St, Lincoln, NE
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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    Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lincoln North Hotel and Conference Center, NE $64
    Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lincoln North Hotel and Conference Center, NE

    Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lincoln North Hotel and Conference Center, NE

    5353 N 27th St, Lincoln, NE
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Lincoln, this hotel is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from International Quilt Study Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Memorial Stadium and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nebraska State Capitol and Bob Devaney Sports Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Hyatt Place Lincoln / Downtown - Haymarket $101
      Hyatt Place Lincoln / Downtown - Haymarket

      Hyatt Place Lincoln / Downtown - Haymarket

      600 Q Street, Lincoln, NE
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Lincoln, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lied Center, Memorial Stadium, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Haymarket Park and Nebraska State Capitol are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lincoln Station is only a 3-minute walk.

        Embassy Suites Lincoln $127
        Embassy Suites Lincoln

        Embassy Suites Lincoln

        1040 P St, Lincoln, NE
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Lincoln hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Great Plains Art Museum, Memorial Stadium, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nebraska State Capitol is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away. Lincoln Station is 9 minutes by foot.

          The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel $114
          The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

          The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

          333 S 13th St, Lincoln, NE
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Lincoln, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pershing Center and Nebraska State Capitol. University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Memorial Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lincoln Station is 18 minutes by foot.

            Town House Extended Stay Hotel Downtown $70
            Town House Extended Stay Hotel Downtown

            Town House Extended Stay Hotel Downtown

            1744 M St, Lincoln, NE
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Lincoln, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pershing Center and Nebraska State Capitol. University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Memorial Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lincoln Station is 24 minutes by foot.

              Hilton Garden Inn Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket $114
              Hilton Garden Inn Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket

              Hilton Garden Inn Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket

              801 R Street, Lincoln, NE
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Lincoln, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Great Plains Art Museum and Memorial Stadium. University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska State Capitol are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lincoln Station is 6 minutes by foot.

                Courtyard by Marriott Lincoln Downtown $119
                Courtyard by Marriott Lincoln Downtown

                Courtyard by Marriott Lincoln Downtown

                808 R St, Lincoln, NE
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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