Booth Hall of Athletics at Allen Fieldhouse - Lawrence, Kansas
The Booth Family Hall of Athletics at the KU Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas is a shrine to sports at the University of Kansas. All though it is devoted to all of the sports at the University, I think it is a must visit for fans of College Basketball. The Booth Hall is billed at 26,000 square feet, but the museum is less than a quarter of that space and includes a gift shop. The facility opened in 2006 and is open year around.
Two hallways lead from the Booth Family Hall of Athletics into Allen Fieldhouse and display the retired basketball jerseys. The original "Beware of the Phog" banner is also on display.
The most famous Kansas Sports memorabilia is Dr. James Naismith's 13 Original Rules of Basket Ball which were written in 1891. They are housed in the DeBruce Center, which is another wing off of Allen Fieldhouse and can be reached by going right from the second floor of the Booth Hall of Athletics or from its own entrance, north of the Booth Hall.
The original rules are in the side of a hallway, opposite the "Wall of Quotes," and can be easily missed as you walk down the hall. They are not visible until a button is pressed next to their display case. They are then dimly lighted and there is a recording of Dr. Naismith talking about writing them.
Between Booth Hall and the DeBruce Center, there are three stores where University of Kansas sports memorabilia and apparel can be purchased.
University of Kansas Natural History
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