Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is the original home of the Morton family. It was here in 1872 that the idea for the first Arbor Day began — as a way to encourage people everywhere to plant trees so desperately needed. On the first Arbor Day, nearly 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska.

The highlight of this 72-acre park is the historic mansion, with its 52 rooms and countless historic artifacts belonging to the Morton Family. The park also includes an arboretum, Italian terraced garden, log cabin, carriage house, walking trails, more than 200 varieties of lilacs, and a charming whispering bench. The mansion is open for tours and special events under the direction of the Arbor Day Foundation.

As a member of the Nebraska City Museum Association, Arbor Lodge is proud to offer free admission to all residents within the 68410 zip code during regular hours. Simply provide proof of residency when purchasing your ticket at the mansion.

Open Year-Round

Grounds open daily; no admission or park permit required

Summer Hours
  • Tuesday-Sunday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Closed Mondays
Mansion Admission:
  • Adults $9
  • Children 3–12 $7
  • Children 2 and under FREE
Annual Pass:

You’ll have unlimited year-long access to the mansion.

  • Family Pass $59
  • Grandparents Pass $59
  • Individual Pass $29

Purchase Tickets

Exterior View of Arbor Lodge Mansion

To schedule a group tour of the mansion, call 402-873-8757.

To plan a wedding or meeting at the mansion, call 402-873-8705.

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