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Lawrence Arts Lawrence is proud of its artists, arts institutions, galleries, and alternative art spaces. During the 1990s, Lawrence ranked 12th in percentage of artists in the workforce, according to the National Endowment for the arts; ranked number 15 in John Villani's The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America and was identified as one of the most enlightened communities in the country in the April 1997 issue of the Utne Reader.

Lawrence offers a multitude of art galleries. First Friday Gallery Walks are a celebration of the arts in Lawrence. From 6 pm to 9pm on select Fridays throughout the year, participating galleries and arts centers stay open to the public, featuring special exhibits, demonstrations and other festivities. Take advantage of this opportunity to see the arts alive in Lawrence!


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Attractions and Upcoming Events

Opera House/Liberty Hall

Liberty Hall was rebuilt in 1911 as Bowersock Opera House after fire destroyed the original Liberty Hall. Renovated in the 1980

Lawrence, KS Historic Buildings

Watkins Community Museum of History

The Watkins Museum anchors the south end of downtown on Massachusetts Street. The three-story red brick building houses exhibits and artifacts of the area's history, including a display on the history of basketball. Current exhibits include "Early Settlement," which details Lawrence as an 1850'

Lawrence, KS Museums

Historic Cemeteries Tour

While cemeteries are the final resting place of friends, relatives, and community residents, they are also historical landscapes that reveal much about a community'

Lawrence, KS Cemeteries

Historic Homes Tour

Architectural variety characterizes Old West Lawrence. From the beginning, the neighbor hood was home to Lawrence's elite. Homes were built not only to accommodate basic shelter needs, but also to make statements of wealth, prestige and fashion. The oldest houses were built in 1860 and 1861

Lawrence, KS Tours

Depot and Visitors Center

During its post-Civil War rebuilding, one of Lawrence's main goals was to establish itself as the railroad hub of the Midwest. In 1882, Union Pacific spent $40,000 buying lots in North Lawrence and announced that it would build a new passenger depot. The 1889

Lawrence, KS Railroad History

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