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Spencer Museum of Art

1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, KS
785-864-4710
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Ranked #6 of 25 Attractions in Lawrence
Type: Art Museums
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Leawood, Kansas
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154 reviews 154 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Nice small museum. Good collection. Local regional. Hidden gem . Up on KU campus. Have go here for years. Highly recommend.

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Columbia, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Paid parking available in garage across the street. Located near the football stadium - use this for orientation. Typical university art museum - worth 60 minutes. KU campus is not especially beautiful - apparently flowers or other landscaping doesn't fit a low tax state.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We made a special effort to see the James Turrell installation, Gard Blue, on this visit. There is a lot of good art in this university museum. There was a special exhibit of quilts; the regular collection is arranged by topic instead of period. A great place to visit in Lawrence.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Good educational collection with a wide range of styles, themes, and artists represented. I liked the way that the major permanent exhibits were arranged thematically--"empire of objects" and other installations made much more sense than if just arranged chronologically. Helpful staff, too--I would love to return.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The museum has a modest collection but an interesting one for present or former Kansans. The building itself is attractive and it sits on a lovely hillside north of the main KU campus.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

It's simply a fantastic little museum - with its constantly rotating content and marvelous collections upstairs, you'll never be disappointed. Free admission, too. Absolutely awesome.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Really enjoyed the James Turrell exhibit, and the Comanche exhibit, linked to Dyche- was great. A high quality museum experience.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A gem of a museum. The collections range from ancient Greece and Rome to the "it" artists of today. Dutch masters, renaissance painters, French and American impressionists, abstract expressionism, pop art. It's all there. Vassari, Monet, Benton, Homer, Warhol etc… Also the Spencer has an extensive Asian collection. Be sure to check out the current exhibits - usually on the... More

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I actually work at the Natural History Museum at KU, which sits just across the street from the Spencer--one of my favorite things to do at lunch is to hop across the street and stroll around in the Spencer galleries. It is not a huge museum, but it is a really good size, with a surprisingly diverse collection (including a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I've been to the Spencer museum a few times, their exhibits are interesting, and not your typical displays. I don't think, small children would enjoy it. Something that can take up an afternoon when tge weather is bad.

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