Located in northeastern Kansas, Lawrence is the sixth largest city in state. The city is known for its art and music heritage. Many tourists visiting the city go to Liberty Hall. Liberty Hall in Lawrence was originally built in the 1850s. After the fire destroyed the building, it was rebuilt in 1912 as Bowersock Opera House. Again, it was renovated in the 1980s. Liberty Hall features two movie theatres and 1,000-seat live performance space. Today, Liberty Hall is a spot for touring bands and soloists swinging through the Midwest. Some of the notable artists or music groups who had performed in this theatre include Folk singer Joan Baez, Talking Heads' David Byrne, Cuban band Los Van Van, saxophonist Maceo Parker and more. You can stroll through Massachusetts Street if you are in downtown Lawrence. This urban shopping street is the heart of the city. As you walk through the street you will come across restaurants, flea markets and antique malls among other stores. The crowds are always eclectic and most are very friendly. It is also the place where Lawrence Farmers Market is located. Lawrence Farmers Market is the oldest farmers market in state. It offers a festive, bustling market with the freshest, healthiest food grown in Kansas. Every week, there are over 80 growers, ranchers, bakers and fine craftsmen bring the freshest and finest quality produce, meat and crafts to the market. Some of the seasonal produce includes sweet corn, potatoes, tomatoes, beans, snow peas, zucchini, cucumbers, melons, apples, strawberries and much more. You can also walk around the nearby Old West Lawrence district. You will come across dozens of homes dating from the 1860s-1920s.
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Lawrence attracts many visitors each year to the city. If you like history and artifacts then you will enjoy your visit to the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. It is part of the University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center. The building is designed in Romanesque style architecture. The museum has something for everyone. There are three floors of fossils, taxidermy wildlife scenery and a kids "bug" area. The museum offers a variety of educational programs for the public. The museum has a 3D scanner and has used it to create 3D image scans of its invertebrate fossil collection. Some of the unique collections include several "jackalopes", rabbits with Shope's papillomavirus disease and Comanche, a horse that survived the Battle of the Little Bighorn. You can also visit the Spencer Museum of Art while visiting the Natural History Museum. It is an art museum on the very campus of University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. It has a diverse collection of art and works of cultural significance. The museum has seven galleries that display selections from the permanent collection of more than 37,000 works of art. The collection includes medieval art; European and American paintings, sculpture and prints; photography; Japanese Edo-period painting and prints and 20th-century Chinese painting. The museums ethnographic collection includes around 10,000 Native American, African, Latin American and Australian works. The museum also displays special exhibitions in four additional galleries. Another interesting place to visit is the Lawrence Arts Center. It was established in 1974 to support the visual and performing arts in Lawrence. The center features daytime activities, organized plays and acts and an art gallery filled with artworks. Later, the center added studios, gallery space, a performance space and a gallery shop.