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Lincoln, Nebraska, Our State Capitol

Pop: 225,581 (2000) to 258,379 (2010)

Metro Pop: 302,157 (2010)

Lincoln is the state capitol of Nebraska, located in Lancaster County.  It is the second largest city in Nebraska, following Omaha.  Most Omahans drive to Lincoln to see a Husker football game or a concert at Pershing Auditorium.

Origin of Name Back to the top of this page.

When Nebraska became a state, Omaha was the territorial capitol.  It was decided that Lancaster would change its name to Lincoln and that it should be the official state capitol.

Trivia: (Lincoln, Lancaster, and Franklin are the three most popular city names in America).*


Attractions  Back to the top of this page.

Lincoln has many wonderful things to see and do.  This is a small list of websites that might give you an idea.

The Lied Center for Performing Arts has continuing performances.  To keep up, check the site.  402-472-4747 or 800-432-3231.

Lincoln's Cooper Gallery (14th and U St.) is open 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Saturday, and 1:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. Sunday, Admission: General public: $2 suggested donation; UNL students, Free.

The State Capitol Building (1445 K St.) is open for viewing weekdays 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. Monday through Friday, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Saturday,  1 P.M. to 5 P.M. Sunday, Admission: Free.

Great Plains Art Museum (1155 Q St.) has some great art on exhibit.  The exhibits are open for viewing 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Monday through Saturday. You can schedule an appointment at 402-472-3082.

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden (12th and R St.) has numerous exhibits covering early pioneer life to modern time.  The gallery is open 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Tuesday through Saturday, 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 P.M. to 9 P.M. Sunday, Admission: Free; 402-472-2461.

Nebraska History Museum (15th and P St.) has numerous exhibits covering early pioneer life to modern time.  The gallery is open 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Saturday, 1:30 P.M. to 5 P.M. Sunday, Admission: Free; 402-471-4754 or 800-833-6747.

LUX Center for the Arts (2601 N. 48th St.) has art by faculty members.  The gallery is open 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. Tuesday through Friday, and 10  A.M. to 5 P.M. Saturday. The first Friday of the month, the center stays open until 8 P.M., 402-466-8692.

University of Nebraska State Museum, aka, State Museum of Natural History and Mueller Planetarium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln covers the night sky that is not so easily visible in city lights.  Shows at 2 P.M. Saturday and Sunday; Admission: adults, $4; students and senior citizens, $3; 402-472-2641.

Pioneers Park Nature Center (2750 A St.) has several exhibits of Nebraska area history.  Hours are 8 A.M. to 8:30 P.M. Tuesday through Saturday, and 12 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Sunday, 402-795-2144.

Larson Tractor Test & Power Museum (35th & Fair Street), named for Lester Larsen, the engineer in charge of the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab (1946-1976), shows how tractors have been tested at the university, from 1919 to 1980. It has since become the historic site for the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.  Hours are 10 A.M. to 2 P.M., 402-472-8389.

The Rollerskating Museum is located in Lincoln. (4730 South Street.)   Hours are 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sundays and major holidays. Admission is free — 402-483-7551, extension 16.

The International Headquarters of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (631 D St.) Museum covers the culture and history of Germans from Russia.  Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., Saturday. 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. Tours at 10 A.M. and 2 P.M., Saturday at 10 A.M. and 12 P.M. Suggest donation: $1. 402-474-3363

When in Lincoln, don't miss visiting the Hyde Memorial Observatory.  You can see the stars for free.  The facility is totally operated by a volunteer staff.  No matter how old you are, you can't grow out of looking at the stars. Free, 402-441-7094.

The Governor's Mansion (1425 H St.) art exhibit is open for viewing 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. Thursdays, Admission: Free.

Folsom Children's Zoo and Botanical Gardens (1222 S. 22th St.) has hundreds of butterflies native to North America on display.  Hours are 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. daily; Admission: adults, $5; senior citizens, $4; children aged 2 to 11, $3; children younger than 2, free.

The Haymarket District (7th to 9th — O to R.(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)) is a great spot to spend a Sunday afternoon.  You can get additional information at the Historic Haymarket website.

The Frank H. Woods Telephone Pioneer Museum (2047 M. St.) displays Alexander Graham Bell's original concepts and drawings of the telephone.  Tours are available on request.  Admission: Free, 402-436-4640, work 402-436-5597, home 402-423-4716.

The International Quilt Study Center on the UNL campus (35th and Holdrege St.) displays the history of quilt making, fabrics, etc. with lots of displays. Hours are 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. 402-472-6301.

City Government

    Official City Webpage
    Parks and Recreation
    Chamber of Commerce

For more information about Lincoln and Husker football, check out these related websites:

    City Gold
    Lancaster County Election Info
    Downtown Lincoln
    Lincoln Downtown (Webcam)
    Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
    Lincoln Official Website
    Lincoln Convention Business Center

For more information about Lincoln Publications, check out these websites:

    Lincoln Journal Star
    Daily, Nebraskan

    SouthPointe Pavilions  (Pine Lake Road at 27th.)

Trivia Back to the top of this page.

Nebraska's capital has the lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. at 3.5%. Mortgage delinquency rates were third lowest in the country in 2011 at 2.8%, according to Equifax.

The links above were last verified September 24, 2017