Old castle museum building

Old Castle Museum

First Home of Baker University

As the first home of Baker University, Old Castle was once known as the College Building, because at that time it was the first and only college building in the state.

Now as a museum, Old Castle houses artifacts from early Kansas, Methodist, and Baker history.

Next to Old Castle is the Kibbee Cabin. The cabin played an intricate role in the creation of Baker University when a group of Methodist ministers gathered and decided to form a college in the town of Palmyra, which is now Baldwin City. While Kibbee Cabin is a replica, it is still a direct part of Baker’s history, as is the Palmyra Post Office.

Blood’s Grocery was located in Palmyra, a stop on the Santa Fe Trail, between 1857 and 1862. It also served as the town’s post office. It was moved to its present location and opened in 1976.


The Old Castle Complex is just east of the main campus at 511 Fifth Street, Baldwin City, KS 66006. View directions.

Our Mission

The Old Castle Museum seeks to preserve, interpret, and share the related histories of Baker University and Baldwin City with the surrounding community and visitors.

Old Castle Hours

Open by appointment only through the end of 2020.

Masks will be required.

The archives and the museum will be closed the following days: Good Friday through Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day weekend, Father’s Day, Independence Day and the weekend closest to the holiday, Labor Day weekend, the Wednesday before through the Sunday following Thanksgiving, and December 23 through January 2.

Baker University castle museum plaque