Watkins Community Museum

The Watkins Museum of History (Officially the Elizabeth M. Watkins Community Museum or the Watkins Community Museum) is a museum in Lawrence, Kansas. It is managed by the Douglas County Historical Society. It has programs and public events. It also has educational resources and activities. It has exhibits about the history of Douglas County.[2]

Elizabeth M. Watkins Community Museum
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The Watkins Museum of History
Watkins Community Museum is located in Kansas
Watkins Community Museum
Location1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, Kansas
Coordinates38°57′51″N 95°14′09″W / 38.96417°N 95.23583°W / 38.96417; -95.23583Coordinates: 38°57′51″N 95°14′09″W / 38.96417°N 95.23583°W / 38.96417; -95.23583
NRHP reference #71000311
Added to NRHPFebruary 24, 1971[1]


In 1888, the Watkins National Bank opened at 11th Street and Massachusetts Street. Jabez B. Watkins created it. It would stay until 1929. The building was given to the city to become the city hall. In 1970, Lawrence built a new city hall, so the building became a museum. The Watkins Community Museum opened in 1975.[2]


  1. "Old Lawrence City Hall". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Watkins Building | Watkins Community Museum of History | Douglas County Kansas". WatkinsMuseum.org. April 14, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2012.

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