Summer time visitors to the Nebraska State Capitol will find the tour staff ready to show them the building and share Nebraska’s story. The Legislature has adjourned and school tours are finished for the season. Groups of day care children will occasionally visit the Capitol, but visitors will find the Capitol quiet and a nice place to take a break on vacation. Hourly tours take from 30 – 45 minutes and a trip to the 14th floor Memorial Chamber and observation decks take another 15 minutes. The Capitol’s southeast and northeast courtyards are open and the southeast fountain is running. The courtyards are a great place to view the tower as it rises up from the center of the Capitol and let little ones run off energy.
Those on a Capitol mission will find the Capitol’s passbook stamp in the tour office on second floor. A visit to the Capitol’s Gift Store and a restroom break complete the visit. The Capitol’s Gift Store has books about the Capitol and Nebraska pioneer and Native American history, including stories by Nebraska authors, some of which are included in the Hall of Fame on second floor. Additional information about the Capitol and public tours is available on this website or by calling the tour office at 402-471-0448.