A Look at Future Plans to Renovate Parts of State Capitol

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Lincoln, Neb. If you've ever been to the Nebraska State Capitol, you may have wondered why it's so dark and dim.

Some parts of the building were designed to be dimly lit like the foyer on the second floor between the main entrance and the rotunda. This part of the building was intended to be a memorial space to commemorate those who lost their lives in World War I.

Capitol Administrator Bob Ripley says the foyer wasn't intended to be as dark as it currently is. Ripley says 80 years of dirt has accumulated on the walls in that part of the building and makes it dark.

Ripley says there are plans to renovate the foyer and other parts of the building to clean the walls. He adds that the cleaning will lighten up the building and allow people to better see the artwork.

There is no direct sunlight on the mosaic murals in the Capitol which also helps to preserve the artwork.

The Nebraska State Capitol is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is also open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.