Econo Lodge University
2525 W. 6th Street
Lawrence, KS 66049
Phone: (785) 841-8410
Fax: (785) 841-1901
Arts & Museums
Managed by the Department of Classics in the University of Kansas, the Wilcox Classical Museum houses some interesting terracotta figurines, Roman and Greek sculptures and plaster cast art works. Busts of the Roman Emperors, vases and 1st century bronze furniture are a few of the big hits here. The museum can also be hired for class presentations and private events, so check website for further details.
The University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art owes its existence to the generous $4.6 million contribution by an art collector from Kansas City, Mrs. Helen Spencer. Built in a neo-classical design, the stunning building is home to over 7500 exhibits including paintings, photographs, ceramics, furniture, glass works, textiles and more. European, American, Australian, East Asian and Latin artworks are well-represented here so art lovers can have a fun day out. Admission free.
Located in the city of Lawrence, the University of Kansas Natural History Museum is spread over 4 floors, and houses some mind-boggling fossils of dinosaurs, Prairie dogs, snakes, birds, hump-backed whales, wolves, invertebrates and insects. Interactive displays are a big hit with the kids who are absolutely fascinated by every exhibit. Although admission is free, suggested donations apply. Check website for upcoming events.
Witness the history of aviation as you visit Combat Air Museum. This museum showcases more than 30 aircrafts right from the World War I to the present day. It displays many airplane engines and artifacts from the history of aviation. It is an active aviation ground and claims to have the second longest runway in the state.
Museum of the Kansas National Guard is a museum dedicated to the brave soldiers. This museum showcases various weapons, artifacts, uniforms and more from the history. Spread across 11,000 square feet (1021.9334 square meters), this museum displays various arms and weaponry used by the state’s guardsmen.
Great Overland Station was a full service train station which converted into a railroad museum in the 19th Century. This museum talks about the history of America and displays railroads, train engines from that period.
Opened in 1922 and located on the campus of Washburn University in Topeka is the prestigious Mulvane Art Museum. It encourages visitors to move beyond merely admiring art works on walls; you can actually create your own work in their ArtLab. Impressive outreach programs are designed for school students and art lovers who can participate in art fairs, discussions, classes and similar creative projects. Admission is free!