Campus Shot

Thank you for choosing to visit The University of Kansas! We are excited that you plan to visit campus as a group. While we do not offer a formal visit (Admission presentation and guided tour of campus) for 1st through 5th grade students, please see below for a variety of things to do and see across campus. 




See and be seen on Mass Street

Start the day on Massachusetts Street, known around town as Mass Street. In the half-mile stretch of historic buildings that run from South Park to the Kansas River, you’ll pass locally owned and operated restaurants, art galleries, bookstores, and boutiques. Some downtown sites have been around since KU’s founding over 150 years ago.

Don't get hangry out there

Want to experience eating like a college student on campus? Try out one of our dining halls or check out The Market at the Kansas Union.

Ekdahl Dining Commons (Mrs. E's Dining Hall)
1532 Engel Road, Lawrence KS 66045
Keith Lake, General Manager 
(inquire about the group discount coupon)

Central District Dining Center (South Dining Commons)
1517 W 18th St., Lawrence, KS 66045 
Mark Maranell, General Manager 
(inquire about the group discount coupon)

The Market at the Kansas Union, Level 3
1301 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045
(you are permitted to bring outside food to only this specific dining location)

Absorb our history and culture

We’ve made a name for ourselves as a community that values expression and stays true to our roots. Visit Watkins Museum to go even deeper into Lawrence’s abolitionist founding, then stop by the Lawrence Arts Center to see the work of local and international artists. If you want to see campus attractions, then head to the Spencer Museum of Art, KU Natural History Museum, or Dole Institute of Politics. For KU sports fans, there's the Booth Hall of Athletics and the DeBruce Center, home to the original 1891 rules of basketball.

Booth Family Hall of Athletics 
1651 Naismith Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045

All tours are self-guided unless advance reservations are made. The Booth Family Hall of Athletics offers three types of guided tours, all of which last approximately 45 minutes and are available upon request Monday through Friday. From October through March, guided tour availability may be limited to work within practice schedules. You can call at 785-864-7050 or email boothhoa@ku.edu to set up a visit.

Self-guided visits are available Monday through Saturday during business hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; game day hours may differ). 

Spencer Museum of Art
1651 Mississippi St., Lawrence, KS 66045

The Spencer’s Department of Education offers opportunities to enhance educational experiences for K–12 students. To register for a tour, please submit the request at least 2 weeks prior to the requested visit date. Even if you are planning a self-guided visit, please fill out the form so that we can ensure there is adequate space in the galleries. Register here

Dole Institute of Politics
2350 Petefish Drive., Lawrence, KS 66045

The Dole Institute offers self-guided tours of the museum gallery and guided tours are available by request. The public education coordinator is also available for tours and programs tailored to grade levels for K-12 audiences. Elementary grade levels can explore the museum with scavenger hunts, learn about the American flag with activities, and discover primary sources from a congressional archive. Please inquire about tours and programs two weeks in advance. All tours and programs are free.

Open Monday – Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12pm – 5 pm. Call 785-864-4900 or email doleinstitute@ku.edu to set up a visit.



coming by School Bus/Charter Bus:

If dropping off your group at or near the KU Memorial Union for an activity, your driver must stage the bus at Memorial Stadium (“STAD” & yellow lot #94 on the campus map) to avoid ticketing at the Union.  

Buses cannot park in the KU Visitor Center lot. Your driver must stage the bus at the Lied Center (“LIED” & yellow lot #300 on the campus map) to avoid ticketing at the Visitor Center. 

coming by Car/Van:

If you travel to campus in a car or van you may park at the KU Visitor Center (“KUVC” & red lot #400 on the campus map) at 1502 Iowa Street. We will issue you a parking permit at the front desk to display on your dashboard.  

For group activities scheduled at the KU Union you'll want to park at the Mississippi Street Parking Garage (North of the KU Union & “MSPK” on the campus map). We will give you a barcode to scan as you exit the garage that will validate your parking fee.  



Group visits are free! Lunch is not provided, but please inquire about a group discount coupon for our dining hall if your group is interested in having lunch while on campus. Activities may have additional costs.



Please contact your group coordinator or whoever set up your visit.

Have more questions?

Just ask us! Contact us by email at groupvisits@ku.edu or 785-864-3911