Since 1975, the Watkins Museum of History, housed in the 1888 Watkins Land Mortgage and National Bank Building, has provided educational resources and activities, programs and public events, and changing exhibits that explore the heritage of Douglas County and connect the past with issues that affect our communities today. The Watkins Museum is operated by the Douglas County Historical Society.
Director Mark Honer and baseball historian Mark Eberle join us for a screening and discussion of this award-winning film about small-town baseball.
A partnership of the Watkins and Lawrence Parks & Recreation. Come walk a three-mile section of the Lawrence Loop as Watkins staff give insights into historical happenings along the way. Begins outside Sunflower Elementary School and follows the Loop to Iowa Street.
A special event celebrating the opening of Mass Street Magic: Weaver’s Window Displays.
Families and kids, drop by for candy, a ghostly scavenger hunt, and other fun activities with the chance to win cool prizes!
This iconic winter favorite returns! Stop by the Watkins for prime horse parade-viewing spots, snacks, kids’ crafts and games, and live holiday music.
Taking you behind the scenes at the Watkins
Cole’s Cam takes you behind the scenes at the Watkins Museum. For more inside info on Watkins Museum programs, exhibits, and collections, visit our YouTube page.
Exhibitions Now on View
The Power of the People: Lawrence and Fair Housing
Third Floor, through-September 23
Casual Exclusion: Life in Segregated in Lawrence
Third Floor, through September 10
Film, Family, and Friendship: The Centron Legacy
Second Floor, through October 16
Hidden Treasures: Staff Favorites from the Watkins Collection
Second Floor, through November 27 Second Floor, through November 27
Community and Culture: The Lawrence Turnverein
Third Floor, September 27–January 10
Mass Street Magic: Weaver’s Window Displays
Second Floor, October 27–February 10
Watkins: The Couple, the Building, the Legacy
First Floor Lobby.
Visit the Watkins Museum of History
The Watkins Museum is open year round, and admission is free.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday:
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Tuesday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday and Holidays
Join the Douglas County
The Douglas County Historical Society, is a non-profit organization that was established in 1933. The society preserves the heritage of Douglas County and encourages civic engagement by sharing stories of the people and events that have shaped our communities.
Membership in the Douglas County Historical Society supports the Watkins Museum and offers inside information and members-only programs. Join Today!