Group Itineraries

Encountering John Brown at Watkins Museum

Encountering John Brown

A traveling exhibit exploring John Brown's life and legacy through the eyes of those who knew him.

September 4 - November 6, 2021

Groups are invited to be among the first to see the exhibit when it makes its debut at the Watkins Museum of History in Historic Downtown Lawrence, Kansas. Spend a day or two exploring the Bleeding Kansas story and enjoying Lawrence and surrounding communities with these itinerary suggestions. 

Encountering John Brown Themed Events and Tours

Lawrence businesses, artists, and attractions are putting together special events, exhibits, and more to coincide with the Encountering John Brown exhibit. Check out what Lawrence has in store for you this fall, and stay tuned for more!


Watkins Museum of History

Mornings are reserved just for groups for the Encountering John Brown national traveling exhibit in the Watkins Museum of History.  Don’t miss the rest of the museum to get more of the story.

Capacity: Can accommodate a full bus

Costs: Encountering John Brown exhibit – $10/pp; Self-guided tour of Watkins Museum permanent exhibits – free; Guided tours of Watkins Museum permanent exhibits – $5/pp

Time allowance: Encountering John Brown exhibit – 1 hour; Watkins Museum tour – 1 hour

Spencer Museum of Art

Spencer Museum of Art

Guided exploration of prints from the portfolio Legend of John Brown, by Jacob Lawrence, and possibly other works related to John Brown. Self-guided tours of Museum galleries will be available in October.

Capacity: Can accommodate a full bus

Cost: Free

Time allowance: 1 hour

Lecompton event

Historic Lecompton

Tour Constitution Hall and the Territorial Capital Museum and participate in an interactive Bleeding Kansas play. 

Capacity: Can accommodate a full bus

Cost: $15/pp

Time allowance: 3 hours

Lunch option: Chicken Dinner at the United Methodist Church in Lecompton. $12/pp

John Brown Mural

Theatre Lawrence

Ballad of Black Jack production, September 10-13 and 16-19.

Capacity: Can accommodate a full bus

Costs: Information to come

Time allowance: 2 hours

Let's make a plan!

eXplore Lawrence will connect you to the right resources to make your planning easy and your group happy!  From finding hotel rooms and group-friendly dining to connecting you with experiences and activities that enhance the trip, eXplore Lawrence is here to help!

Kendra Brayfield