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Museums & Culture

There are dozens of options for museums and other cultural landmarks in the city for a fun, relaxing and sometimes educational afternoon.

Several museums and landmarks have free admission, including the State Capitol building which also offers free tours every hour except noon. The tour covers a brief history of the state, its residents and also explains its unique system of government. The tour also explores the architectural and artistic value of the building itself. A great source of additional information about the state and local government is readily available in the Nebraska Blue Book.

There are several museums in the city, and of the more popular museums, three offer free admission.

The most popular attraction in Lincoln is the Children’s Zoo. Lincoln’s zoo is unique, claiming to be one of just five in the nation that caters specifically to children. The zoo has several educational opportunities for children, and encourages them to interact with many of the animals on display.

Another popular attraction is the Nebraska State Museum located on the University of Nebraska campus. The State Museum focuses on the natural history of Nebraska, featuring the largest exhibited elephant skeleton in the world—a 14-foot mammoth. The museum also exhibits examples of current and pre-historic life in Nebraska, including relics from native American tribes who lived in the region.

The State Museum also houses the Mueller Planetarium, an 80-seat theater that shows movies about space, the planets and other scientific topics.

PArks & Rec

Lincoln’s Department of Parks and Recreation offers a wide range of activities and resources.

The most visible of these resources are the more than 100 public parks spread throughout the city, but Parks & Rec also maintain and operate several community centers, swimming pools, golf courses, and several athletic leagues for softball, baseball, volleyball and...READ MORE


Whether interests lay in watching a sporting event or taking part in one, there are several options for Lincoln residents.


For spectator sports, there are two professional teams in the city in addition to college sports, including the University of Nebraska’s Cornhuskers.

While the Nebraska football program gets the most attention, Nebraska women sports have also enjoyed a great deal of success in volleyball, soccer and basketball.

The two professional sports teams in Lincoln are...READ MORE

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