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Watkins Museum of History

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Lawrence History

From frontier days to modern times. Included a section on the desegregation of the university in... read more

Reviewed November 17, 2018
Dave A
Surprised by this Museum

Walking down Mass St. I found this gem. The Watkins Museum is free for visitors and is located in a... read more

Reviewed September 12, 2018
Olathe, Kansas
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The Watkins Museum of History tells many stories about the diverse people and events of this area. We have an exciting array of programs and rotating exhibits. Our community room can be rented for events. Our expert staff and volunteers can assist...more
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1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044-2961
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Reviewed November 17, 2018

From frontier days to modern times. Included a section on the desegregation of the university in the '50s (blacks could not use the pool until the day before it was drained once a week)

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dave A
Reviewed September 12, 2018

Walking down Mass St. I found this gem. The Watkins Museum is free for visitors and is located in a gorgeous hundred plus year old building. The up keep here is amazing! There are three different floors here you can freely walk around and spend...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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WillHickox, Guest Relations Manager at Watkins Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2018

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again.

Reviewed August 10, 2018

We were shocked at the beauty of this great old building, it has 3 floors of great exhibits. The 2nd floor was a bank and the counter area has 16 different types of marble and onyx. The third floor was curly pine wood paneling and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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WillHickox, Public Engagement Coordinator at Watkins Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2018

Thank you, Penny!

Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

I’ve lived here for about two years and also used to visit my daughter when she was in grad school at KU. I knew about Watkins but never visited. I started taking a genealogy class there last fall. This is an awesome old building. A...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

Great visit and history We loved the display on the 60s and 70s and Quantrll raid It is a historical building and many displays including a playhouse for kid from the 1800s

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed February 4, 2018

We dropped in one night when the museum happened to be open late. We weren't expecting much & were surpised by everything they had. They had some great information on Lawrence KS and the are.

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

I did not know the history of resistance in the area. Lots of stairs. Beautiful oak and stone rooms.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed August 29, 2017

Three floors of interesting local historical artifacts housed in a renovated building more than 100 years old. No forced admission charge, but donations are encouraged.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed July 31, 2017 via mobile

The Watkins Museum is a stunning bit of architecture. The Museum is housed in the former Watkins Bank, and it has been beautifully preserved. The exhibits are small but informative, though very limited in scope and material. I had an appointment to do some research...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank P5_Crazy_Train
Reviewed March 15, 2017

Take time to look at the outside as well as the inside of the building. The craftsmanship is amazing. Great history of the city, THE Lawrence High School, and THE University of Kansas. Our granddaughters especially enjoyed the playhouse.

Date of experience: March 2017
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Response from WillHickox | Property representative |
Hello! As a Watkins staff member I'm happy to report we have a free, drop-in "Behind the Bricks" tour of our building's unique history and architecture every Thursday at 2-2:30. If you're interested in a more extensive... More