Capitol Update | Nebraska State Capitol
Sidewalk leading to accessible entrance

Capitol Tours Resume

By Roxanne Smith | June 8, 2020

Free guided public tours of the Nebraska State Capitol have resumed following the Governor’s recommendations for keeping healthy during the COVID19 pandemic. Guides will be wearing face shields to protect visitors as they provide tours and will maintain a proper 6 foot social distance from visitors. Visitors are encouraged to follow CDC recommendations and maintain … Continued

Capitol COVID19 Update

By Roxanne Smith | March 17, 2020

The Nebraska State Capitol is open to the public for the operation of state business. Special event sponsors have cancelled public gatherings in the Capitol through the end of May and some June events have been cancelled, check the Capitol calendar. Public tours are available. Visitors are encouraged to maintain a 6 ft. physical distance … Continued

East Entrance open to public during HVAC project.

HVAC Phase II Begins

By Roxanne Smith | February 12, 2020

All ground floor entrances remain open during the Phase II HVAC Project work. Phase II of the Capitol’s HVAC project most impacts the southeast quadrant where the Judicial branch is housed.  The Court Administrator, Probation Administration and Supreme Court Judges have moved into the tower. The Clerk of the Courts will move to Room #2122 … Continued

Corn mosaic in Speaker's Niche

Legislature Convenes

By Roxanne Smith | January 3, 2020

The Second Session of the 106th Nebraska Unicameral Legislature will convene in the George W. Norris Legislative Chamber on Wednesday January 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Visitors are welcome to view the opening day proceedings from the third floor Legislative balcony or via NET Live Legislative streaming or on NET Channel 2.  Information about the … Continued

Christmas Tree Arrives

By Roxanne Smith | December 3, 2019

The first week in December is a busy time in the Nebraska State Capitol. Early in the week the Official State Christmas tree arrived and staff began to prepare for the 72nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing. The tree lighting and Carol sing have been a tradition in the Capitol since World War … Continued

Holiday Happenings at the Capitol

By Roxanne Smith | November 22, 2019

The Capitol will be open for public tours Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The Capitol will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after. The Capitol will be open for regularly scheduled public tours on Saturday and Sunday following Thanksgiving. Then in December the Official State Christmas Tree will arrive and be lit in … Continued

A Protective Web

By Roxanne Smith | October 22, 2019

The spiderpeople are back and leaving their mark on the Nebraska State Capitol’s gold tile dome. When their work is completed, the Capitol’s gold dome will be covered with a giant spider web.  This past July, a team of spiderwomen and men hung from the top of the Capitol and inspected the gold tile to … Continued

this image shows an event which lead to the concept of a jury of ones peers

Ghosts Haunt the Capitol

By Roxanne Smith | October 21, 2019

This Halloween spend a spooky evening watching the sun set on the Ghosts of Western Civilization as they haunt the Nebraska State Capitol. Lee Lawrie’s relief sculpture on the exterior of the Nebraska State Capitol trace the Evolution of Government and Law in Western History. The early history of the Hebrews, Greeks and Romans was … Continued

wheat harvest

Women’s Suffrage and the Capitol: A Shared Beginning

By Roxanne Smith | August 23, 2019

In 1919 Congress submitted the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution to the states for ratification. In 1919, the Nebraska legislature passed the law that created the Nebraska Capitol Commission and began the process which built Nebraska’s seat of government and monument to the spirit of Nebraska. In 1920, the Nebraska Capitol Commission choose … Continued

Red sky at night….a delight

By Roxanne Smith | July 4, 2019

At this time of year, the Indiana limestone tower of the Nebraska State Capitol is a canvas for the sun. As the sun shines on the building, the many angles and lines of the beautifully faceted tower are brought into sharp focus with the shadows cast by the sun. Those lucky enough to be near … Continued