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Address: 1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, KS
Phone Number: 785-864-4710
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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For such a small museum, Spencer has an incredible selection. It includes some big-name artists (such as Andy Warhol) and a lot you will have never heard of, but will come away... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2016
Kaitlyn J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

For such a small museum, Spencer has an incredible selection. It includes some big-name artists (such as Andy Warhol) and a lot you will have never heard of, but will come away loving. The gifted classes at a local middle school (Southwest Middle School) have made podcasts that are available online for you to construct your own audio tour. Absolutely... More 

Thank Kaitlyn J
Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

The museum is constantly rotating their exhibit downstairs; I would recommend checking with the museum beforehand to see if the exhibit is of interest to you. However, upstairs offers a wild variety of art in many mediums and styles. There is a section coving modern art as well as very old pieces. I went with a friend and we enjoyed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

The Spencer contains what is perhaps one of the best 15-20 university art collections in the country. The museum's founders wanted to offer students a geographically and historically broad sampling of the art of many cultures, many centuries and they succeeded. Most of the art is deliberately not organized by period or origin and the result can be some fascinating... More 

Thank Tweentrails
Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

As an art student at KU, I have a special place in my heart for this museum, but I really think it is a good one. There are some hidden gems here! Make sure to take the elevator to the next floor to see the old paintings (my favorite).

Thank Erin S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

My kids and I love the Spencer Museum. It is located on the KU Campus directly across from the parking garage. We often go to the Art Museum and the Natural History Museum. Both are free and very kid friendly.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Spencer Museum is a very good university art museum. They have a really nice permanent collection and they have improved they display methods in recent years. Right now the museum is closed for a year long building renovation that will bring in more light and expand patron services. We can't wait to see it late next year

Thank Robert S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This gem of a museum on KU's campus has a fantastic rotating permanent collection (fully searchable online) and as well as many fantastic temporary exhibitions. They do kid-friendly workshops and other outreach, and they have a teaching gallery for faculty. It is being renovated 2015-16, but any art-lover must stop in: it is a wonderful art museum.

Thank KansasKate73
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I have visited the Spencer Museum dozens of times, and as one who has visited a lot of university art museums, it is one of the best. It doesn't have the blockbuster single works of a wealthy museum like the Yale University Art Gallery, but it is excellent at fulfilling its mission as a teaching museum. It has works that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

An excellent community gallery with outreach to local schools. It is heavily used by university students. Some of their special exhibits are excellent. However, their collection is limited. Works on paper is a very good resource, but access is somewhat difficult.

Thank Patrick M
Kansas City Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Museum close to the college show cases new talent and new ideas from lasers and lights to photography to graphic design. If you are headed to the theatre or a sports event take the time to drop in. Lied Museum- Spencer Museum of Art-Wheatfields for breakfast. A nice day.

Thank TravelinGal16

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