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.
Free local history classes for homeschooled kids, ages 5–12
Registration required. Read more here..
10 a.m. to noon; $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers.
This class is for everyone, including students who took our first DNA class. We will spend most of the time looking at case studies, figuring out what to do with all those matches (!) and learning how to use DNA results to find relatives and stories. More information and registration.
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 January 31
Hidden Treasures: Staff Favorites from the Watkins Collection
Second Floor, through December 7
Community and Culture: The Lawrence Turnverein
Third Floor, September 27–February 2
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!