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Address: 1047 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS
Phone Number: 17858414109
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Watkins Museum of History tells many stories about the diverse people...

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 with genealogy and local history research.

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Fantastic building!

What a nice museum, in a museum quality building. The building was built by J.B.Watkins as a bank and mortgage office. The first floor has info about the Watkins and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2015
Robert S
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Lawrence, Kansas
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Lawrence, Kansas
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90 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you love local history and artifacts this is the perfect stop in Lawrence. The buidling itself is worth seeing and the rooms are full of displays

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Thank JDD800
Lawrence, Kansas
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370 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Watkins Community Museum offers displays that show the history of Lawrence and its people from the 19th century. Housed in a former bank, the museum is easy to see and a nice place to spend some time learning about Lawrence. Nice place to take children to educate them on their past.

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Thank buffalojim67
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

For such a small town, the quality is surprising. A wonderful addition to a day downtown. Very good for children and adults alike.

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Thank Kaitlyn J
Lawrence, Kansas
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425 reviews
226 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

What a nice museum, in a museum quality building. The building was built by J.B.Watkins as a bank and mortgage office. The first floor has info about the Watkins and the building of this amazing building. It has a very well displayed history of Lawrence on the second floor, from the original native population to the social protests of 1970.... More 

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Thank Robert S
Vienna, Virginia, United States
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59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Wonderful museum with knowledgable people, great exhibits and a story to tell! The hot chocolate on the Friday after thanks giving is a nice touch on a cold day.

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2 Thank Michelle O
KC
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289 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

I went to the Watkins Museum with my dad in search of some history on Quantrill's Raid. Knowing there was a brand new exhibit to mark the 150th anniversary, I was impressed with the information provided. There is an interactive display on the second floor retracing the raid via a large digital map as well as photos and stories associated... More 

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3 Thank gabi_kansas
Northfield, Minnesota, United States
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Very nice museum! Nice display on the second floor of the 150th anniversary of Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, KS. Nice lecture by Author and Historian Katie Armitage. Will be back....

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1 Thank Danny U
Colorado, United States
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

This is worth going to just to see the architecture in the building. The marble mosaic floors and marble wainscot is incredible.

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Thank Emily D
Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

The newly opened exhibit on Quantrill's Raid "Terror & Triumph" is well worth a visit. This is an important event in the history of Lawrence which occurred in Aug.1863. In 2013 the Museum will commemorate the 150th anniversary of this event and Civil War buffs should take the opportunity to visit since the events surrounding the era of "Bleeding Kansas"... More 

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1 Thank Kansas T
Athens, Georgia
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34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Don't miss this - we learned a lot about Lawrence's history of civil rights and wrongs.

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