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.
At 6 p.m., Bill Wagnon of the Ritchie House in Topeka will present on the history of this Underground Railroad site.
At 7 p.m., Judy Sweets will discuss "The Search for Dr. John Doy, Underground Railroad Agent."
Director Mark Honer and baseball historian Mark Eberle join us for a screening and discussion of this award-winning film about small-town baseball.
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
Faster, Higher, Stronger: Douglas County Track and Field Olympians
Second Floor, July 18 through August 5
The Power of the People: Lawrence and Fair Housing
Second Floor, Bank Lobby, July 18-August 26
Film, Family, and Friendship: The Centron Legacy
Second Floor, July 28-August 26
Casual Exclusion: Life in Segregated in Lawrence
Third Floor, through August 26
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!