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Watkins Museum of History

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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 13 September 2018
Olathe, Kansas
WOW. This gem has it all

We were shocked at the beauty of this great old building, it has 3 floors of great exhibits. The... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2018
Penny F
Gay, Georgia
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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
+1 785-841-4109
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Reviewed 13 September 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

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WillHickox, Guest Relations Manager at Watkins Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

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

Reviewed 11 August 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

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WillHickox, Public Engagement Coordinator at Watkins Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2018

Thank you, Penny!

Reviewed 9 July 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

Thank cathie970
Reviewed 24 March 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

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Reviewed 5 February 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.

Thank Amy39094
Reviewed 12 October 2017

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

Thank travel44jllh
Reviewed 29 August 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.

Thank MarcJana
Reviewed 1 August 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

1  Thank P5_Crazy_Train
Reviewed 16 March 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.

1  Thank spencers1621
Reviewed 10 December 2016

What an amazing building, first off. Mr. Watkins' appreciation for the finer things comes alive in this building. The exhibits are also amazing. There are stories, artifacts and even drawers that include items to take you back in time. The history is rooted in pride,...More

Thank QueenJE1021
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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