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Watkins Museum of History

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Address: 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044-2961
Phone Number: 17858414109
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - 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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Second Floor is Worth the Time to see it.

Museum seemed OK but the architecture of the inside and outside of the building was fantastic. Unfortunately they were redoing the 3rd floor so we didn't have a chance to see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Kansas City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Museum seemed OK but the architecture of the inside and outside of the building was fantastic. Unfortunately they were redoing the 3rd floor so we didn't have a chance to see it. But the teller cages and all of the marble made the 2nd floor gorgeous. Worth your time to see the building. They had several pictures and items from... More 

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Mesa, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

We have been to this small museum twice in the 11 months we have lived here, and the 2nd visit was just as interesting as the first. The building alone is worth a quick look, and there's a good display about the history of the building in the basement. The main floor exhibits are very interesting and well presented, all... More 

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Natal, RN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

It's a small museum full of Lawrence history. Also, this museum has a great location that is Mass St. You don't need too much time to visit, so it's good option.

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Thank 01marilia
Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

It may not be a huge museum, but it nicely captures the rich history of this city. Through its three floors, this small house exhibits the high and low points in history that define the city of Lawrence and all it stood for through the years. Ever since my first visit when I moved to Lawrence, I still catch myself... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016 via mobile

Exhibits in this and displays for the history of Lawrence and its peoples and the surrounding area. A beautiful old building is well. Which is reason enough just to stop in, especially if you are touring on busy Massachusetts Avenue

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

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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Lawrence, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

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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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

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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Lawrence, Kansas
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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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Vienna, Virginia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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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