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Territorial Capital Museum

640 E Woodson Ave, Lecompton, KS 66050-3078
+1 785-887-6148
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Bigger than it looks from the outside

This was a building packed to the rafters. The unfortunate thing was that few artifacts could be... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
d s
Denver, co
Free State or Pro-Slave?

Very near the Constitution Hall, this building began as the foundation of what was expected to be... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2017
Brooksville, Florida
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The Territorial Capital Museum is an award-winning historic site chronicling the history of Lecompton from the tumultuous, controversial territorial days to the delightfully quaint present. Housed in the stone Lane University building, where President Eisenhower's parents met and married, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lane University was built on the foundation of the started, but not completed, state capitol building. Lecompton was the official territorial capital of Kansas from 1855-1861.
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“civil war” (3 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
640 E Woodson Ave, Lecompton, KS 66050-3078
+1 785-887-6148

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a building packed to the rafters. The unfortunate thing was that few artifacts could be touched, which makes it really difficult to keep kids interested. However, the docent was very good, had lots of information and history, and we were allowed to sit...More

Thank d s
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Very near the Constitution Hall, this building began as the foundation of what was expected to be the Kansas Capitol building when it was admitted to the union. Lecompton was pro slavery, and all those plans changed when it was admitted as a free state...More

Thank TravelFan34602
Reviewed 6 January 2017

So glad I stopped. Civil War history about Kansas was very informative. At Christmas time there are many decorated Christmas trees outfitted in period ornaments. Loved the library with the Civil War books and very old maps.

Thank joks1
Reviewed 8 December 2016

This is a great museum for a small town, Very informative about when Lecompton was a Territorial Capital. During December they are exhibting over 100 Christmas trees historically decorated, Fun!

Thank Lori M
Reviewed 3 December 2016

We drove from Kansas City to see this museum decked out in its holiday finery. Admission is free, but drop a few bucks in the collection box at the entry. Plenty of history on three floors, including the beautiful chapel upstairs. Displays of antique Victorian...More

Thank gabi_kansas
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

This museum, initially meant to be the Capital of the State of Kansas, is filled with historical artifacts. Many of the items were donated by locals over the years. The historical society staff member on duty was very nice and knowledgeable. With three levels jam...More

Thank OhOneMoreThing
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

After Constitution Hall we set out to visit the Territorial Capital Museum a mere 2 blocks away. If you thought Tim was informative at The Hall wait until you meet Vicky they are quite the territorial dynamic duo! This museum is quite eclectic. Vicky love...More

Thank Brandy B
Reviewed 19 March 2016

Take a few minutes and explore the original territorial capital of Kansas and learn more about the state's history and its role in the beginning of the end of slavery.

Thank buffalojim67
Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

The white picture shown here is actually Constitution Hall so hopefully this can get corrected. This picture that I'm posting is the actual territorial capital museum. What a wonderful old looking building it looks like its in great shape. Unfortunately I can only open Wednesday...More

Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed 7 September 2015

Welcoming museum focused on all facets of life in early Kansas. Also home to Lane University, where Dwight Eisenhower's parents attended and married in the chapel. Many surprising gems contained in the collection Native American artifacts, glassware, Calling cards,number of ladies gowns,store keeper credit recorder...More

Thank Julie B
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