Discover stories of the settlement of Lawrence and the development of Douglas County in an 1888 building that housed the headquarters of a successful land mortgage and banking business that helped finance settlement of the west.


Apr-Nov: Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 10 am – 4 pm, Thur 10 am – 8 pm, Sun 1 pm - 4 pm.
Dec-Mar: Tue-Sat 10 am – 4 pm.
Closed Mon and holidays.

Contact Information

1047 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: 785-841-4109

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Group Meeting Room
Group Tours
Research Library
Water Fountain
Wheel Chair Accessible

The Watkins Museum of History is the headquarters of the Douglas County Historical Society. The Museum hosts exhibits and programs exploring the cultural heritage of Douglas County from its settlement in the "Bleeding Kansas" period through the Civil War, reconstruction, westward expansion, and Civil Rights eras. Sharing stories of the people whose ideas and actions shaped Douglas County, the Museum seeks to inspire civic engagement today.

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Watkins Museum
Watkins Museum
Main Staircase
Exhibit:  It Happened on Mass Street, 2011
Museum Intro in former Bank Lobby
Perment Exhibit on 2nd Floor
Bleeding Kansas
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