Skip to main content Official Nebraska Government Website

Foyer

The theme of the Foyer is the “Life of Man”. On the floor are three mosaics which represent the Earth, “The Spirit of the Soil”, “The Spirit of Vegetation” and “The Spirit of Animal Life”. The three medallions in the ceiling represent “Traditions of the Past”, “Life of the Present” and “Ideas of the Future”.

Foyer

The Foyer Floor and Ceiling

Foyer Ceiling Mosaics

Download this Print-quality File


The window arches contain figures to represent the activities of society: the Family, the School, Recreation, Reflection, Beauty and Truth. The four inward facing ceiling panels symbolize Law, Labor, Public Spirit and Religion.

The six large mosaics on the walls were commissioned to celebrate Nebraska's Centennial in 1967. They are: The United State Survey by Charles Clement, The Blizzard of 1888 and Tree Planting by Jeanne Reynal, The Coming of the Railroad by F. John Miller, and The Spirit of Nebraska and The Building of the Capitol by Reinhold Marxhaussen.



The Murals



The United States Survey

The United States Survey




The Blizzard of 1888

The Blizzard of 1888




Tree Planting

Tree Planting




The Coming of the Railroad

The Coming of the Railroad




The Building of the Capitol

The Building of the Capitol




The Spirit of Nebraska

The Spirit of Nebraska





The Nebraska Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1961 and includes busts of individuals who have served Nebraska and the nation. Starting in the Foyer, the Hall of Fame continues in the Courtyard Galleries.



Hall of Fame NW galleryHall of Fame SW galery

The Galleries housing Nebraska's Hall of Fame over look the Capitol's four interior courtyards. The Capitol's Architectural plan called out fountains in each courtyard. Unfortunately, the Great Depression stopped the installation. To celebrate the State's Sesquicentennial, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature funded the installation of the fountains. They were dedicated in September of 2017 when Governor Ricketts flipped a switch and the water began to flow.

Governor dedicates fountain


An anonymous donor provided the funds to line the fountains with colored and gold Venetian glass. The blue, white, red and yellow glass tiles are the colors of the Native American Medicine Wheel. This work was completed in 2019. The fountains will be filled and running as the current HVAC project activity allows.

blue tiled fountain
white tiled fountain
red tiled fountain
yellow fountain running


The Former Legislators of the Nebraska Unicameral have raised funds to restore the original 1934 Ernst Herminghaus landscape plan. The southwest courtyard landscape will be the first to be restored in 2020. Landscape restoration will also be dependent on the progress of the HVAC Project.









Are You Interested in Seeing the Building in Person?

We're open 7 days a week, so plan a visit here. Then, explore some photos and perhaps read more about the Memorial Chamber.

Capitol quick facts

  • Construction started in 1922, completed in 1932.
  • The architect was Bertram G. Goodhue.
  • There are 15 floors above ground.
  • The building is 400 feet tall.
  • It is the third Nebraska State Capitol.
  • It cost $9.8 million in 1932 dollars.

Discover the American architectural masterpiece

Small Google Map

Find us

1445 K Street
We’re on K, between 14th and 16th Streets
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509–4696
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) · (402) 471–0448

Getting Here »

Building hours

  • Monday ‐ Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday ⁄ Holidays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Tours Available on the Hour
    (Except at Noon)
  • Open every day except Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.