Hidden treasures on campus
- Aug. 18, 2011
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You wouldn’t visit the Big Apple without checking out the Statue of Liberty, Times Square or the Empire State Building. Just like the Big Apple, KU’s campus has an impressive list of must-see landmarks many students miss during their college careers. Here is a list of the top five must-see KU attractions.
Spencer Research Library
1450 Poplar Lane
The Spencer Library is an internationally recognized special collections library located directly behind Strong Hall. Rare books, original documents and photos fill the cool marble rooms in the Spencer. There are three main collections: Kansas history, special and rare collections which include medieval documents, and University archives. A photo ID is the only requirement to view some of the nation’s rarest books and documents. The service isn’t too bad either; librarians hand-deliver the books to a private reading room where students can get lost for hours in history.
1651 Naismith Drive
ESPN ranked it the loudest arena in the country. During basketball season, devoted fans camp for days eagerly awaiting the chance to sit at the coveted spots on the boards. The relatively small venue allows fans to see their favorite players up close. Allen Fieldhouse also boasts an impressive museum dedicated to the history of basketball and KU athletics.
1301 Jayhawk Blvd.
The quaint little chapel is in high demand. Jayhawks wanting to christen their baby or say “I do” have to plan well in advance to secure this historic University landmark. On your way to class be sure to wave at joyous wedding parties and send them well wishes from one Jayhawk to another. Everyone is welcome at the non-denominational chapel. Students and alumni are given reduced rates.
Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi St.
Permanent and touring collections adorn the walls of the Spencer Museum, which was opened in 1978. It was designed by architect Robert Jenks who graduated from the University in 1926. The quiet halls create the perfect environment to get lost in for an afternoon. The Spencer is nationally known for its Japanese, American and European collections.
Museum of Archeology
1340 Jayhawk Blvd.
There are more than 1.5 million artifacts housed in Spooner Hall that range in age from thousands of years old to art from the turn of the century. The museum opened in 1894 and is the oldest used academic building on campus.
Edited by Marla Daniels