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Lincoln, Nebraska is the capital of Nebraska and is the second-largest city in the state. Lincoln is one of the few large cities of Nebraska not located along either the Platte River or the Missouri River. The city was originally laid out near Salt Creek and among the nearly flat saline wetlands of northern Lancaster County.
Sometimes mistakenly identified as a sleepy Midwestern town, Lincoln, Nebraska is actually a bustling city with arts and culture to rival many other destinations. Lincoln is proud of its pioneer heritage, and its many museums and children's
activities focus on that heritage. It is a beautiful and active state capital.
Lincoln's museums bring the history of the Midwest to life and feature exhibits of interest to children as well as adults. A special children's museum and zoo are just two of the attractions earmarked
especially for families with children. Adults will enjoy the governor's mansion and the Great Plains Art Collection. Lincoln's cultural borders have expanded with museums dedicated to German and Asian culture and immigration.
The whole family will have fun at the National Museum of Roller Skating, which
traces the development of this wonderful invention from 1819 to the present.
Twelve thousand years of life
on the plains are reviewed at the Museum of Nebraska History, where displays
focus on anthropology as well as history. The Elephant Hall, a gallery of
towering mammoth, mastodon and four-tusk skeletons, is the highlight of the
University of Nebraska State Museum. A few blocks away, at 12th and
R Streets, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery traces the development of American
art, and has a twenty-piece sculpture garden.
The Historic Haymarket also hearkens back to Lincoln's pioneer days. Its unique galleries, shops, and restaurants are a great part of Lincoln life. The State Capitol building is incredibly ornate and offers lessons in the history and culture of the plains.
The 76,000-seat Memorial
Stadium at the northern end of campus on Vine Street, is where the "Big Red"
Cornhuskers chalk up an amazing number of wins against their opponents.
Visitors to Lincoln will be pleasantly surprised by the variety and extent of the cultural offerings. Lincoln still has that endearing small town feel, but is at the same time an up and coming city in the heartland of America.