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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

FILM - Out of State Saturday, December 09 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
In 2007, the state of Hawaii outsourced the care of roughly 2,000 male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison in Arizona. Exiled thousands of miles from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances. As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate in Hawaii. Out of State explores questions of cultural and religious identity; the overabundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement. Join us for a moderated discussion led by Native-Hawaiian filmmaker and Out of State’s director, Ciara Lacy, and member of the Osage Nation, Jimmy Lee Beason II, M.S.W.

Meet the Experts: Christmas Crèches​
Sunday, December 10 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, 5235 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
Get to know the experts at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures through this monthly exploration of special topics. On December 10, enjoy special displays of Christmas crèches from the Bud and Jan Koupal Collection. Hear a talk about the history and tradition of holiday crèches, and stay afterward for cider and cookies. The program includes a lecture and museum visit. Included with museum admission.

TALK - Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU
Thursday, December 14 | 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St.
A hundred years ago, Kansas City philanthropist Sallie Casey Thayer donated her extensive collection to the KU, forming the basis for what is today the Spencer Museum of Art’s collection. Celka Straughn, Director of Academic Programs, discusses this eclectic collection, from Japanese prints and American paintings to sumptuous textiles, ancient artifacts, and even valentines. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

TALK - Slow Art Sunday: Presepio 
Sunday, December 17 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St.
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In December, get to know our 18th-century Italian Presepio.

TALK - Home for the Holidays 
Sunday, December 24 | 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.
Every year, Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy spends an afternoon in the galleries welcoming visitors and leading informal tours to celebrate the holiday season. This year's tour centers on the origins of the Museum and collecting and sharing art as a form of civic engagement. Tours begin at 12pm and 1pm. Join us and make this Spencer Museum tradition your own. These tours are presented in conjunction with the centennial celebration of the Museum’s collection.

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