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About Lawrence

KU's main campus is in Lawrence, Kansas, one of the few cities in the United States founded for political reasons.  Lawrence was settled in 1854 for the sole purpose of making Kansas a slavery-free state.  The city began as a small outpost on the banks of the Kansas River, and it still retains many interesting reminders of its colorful past. 

The tree-lined main street just a few blocks from campus offers beautiful green spaces, tons of music venues and art galleries, and an abundance of small specialty shops, many of which cater to the diverse needs of KU students, faculty, and staff.  No matter what you’re hungry for, you’ll find it on Massachusetts Street, where there is a diverse selection of locally owned restaurants.

Lawrence's 54 public parks, four community swimming pools, arts center, historical museum, and theatre groups are just a few of the opportunities in the community.  Additionally, Kansas City, which boasts a wide variety of cultural venues, is only 30 miles away.  And of course, don't miss the many area museums!  Learn more about our community, traditions, and life on campus from KU Admissions.  You can also take a virtual tour of campus.

 


Here are some of the things our students enjoy doing during their free time.

 

  • Perusing the Antique Mall
  • Window shopping in Downtown Lawrence on a nice day
  • Driving to Kansas City to visit museums
  • Catching the latest indie film at Liberty Hall
  • Eating at some of the amazing restaurants (Kelsey '14 recommends the Pollo Fundido at Cielito Lindo)
  • Enjoying some drinks at Henry's on the weekend (Jilliene '15 recommends the margaritas and white sangria)
  • Participating in trivia nights at the local bars or at the Watkins Community Museum with other MUSE students
  • Going to Clinton Lake when it is warm
  • Taking Zumba classes at the Ambler Rec Center
  • Listening to live music (you can find it on the street, in bars, and in concert halls)
  • Checking out First Friday events downtown
  • Going to KU sporting events (or watching them on TV at a local bar)

 

 

 

 


Why is Lawrence an awesome place to live?

 

There always seems to be something going one whether it is Traditional Irish music jam sessions at Henry's on Sundays or big events like the Holiday Horse Parade.                            

Jilliene Jaeger (2015)

I love the beauty of KU's campus. There is no place like Lawrence, KS, it is a second home for me. It has a great college town feel, but also has access to a larger city with Kansas City only 40 minutes away.

          Erik Radowski (2015)

There are a lot of neat restaurants to eat! I love the variety they have to offer.

Megan Perez (2013)

Lawrence is great town – not too big, not too small. The people here are great and the atmosphere is welcoming to people from many different backgrounds.

Sarah Adams (2013)

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 


 

      


Read the latest MUSE News!

Find out what KU's Museum Studies Program and our alumni are up to:

September 2017 Newsletter
January 2017 Newsletter
 

 

Museum Events

German-American History Talk and Gallery Tour
Saturday, October 21 | 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.
Prof. William Keel of KU speaks on local German-American history, then we move to the third floor for a special tour of our new exhibit Community and Culture: The Lawrence Turnverein, with Watkins curator Brittany Keegan and Dr. Lorie Vanchena of KU.

My Name is Sallie Performance
October 25-26 | 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam & Connie Perkins Central Court
This experimental, immersive musical theater experience tells the story of the founding gift of art to the University of Kansas that became the Spencer Museum of Art. Created by Spencer Archivist Robert Hickerson and featuring the talents of artists and students from across the community. The performance is a free special preview event and part of the centennial celebration of our collection. Tickets are available through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-name-is-sallie-tickets-37725266287.

Science of the Macabre
Thursday, October 26 | 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd. 
Join us for a spooky night in the KU Natural History Museum as we celebrate Halloween. From spiders and snakes to parasites, we will explore the science of the creepy things that go bump in the night. See museum specimens, explore blood under black light, and enjoy free refreshments and win prizes.

Stories from the Museum Archives: Sallie Casey Thayer Collects
Sunday, November 5 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Rm 305, Stephen H. Goddard Study Center 
Spencer Museum archivist Robert Hickerson and student assistant Rose Wolf open up the archives for an exploration of primary resources that document the collection that initiated an art museum at KU. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU and the Museum’s centennial celebration of our collection.

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