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Spencer Museum of Art

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Address: 1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, KS
Phone Number: 785-864-4710
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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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Great Art Collection and good for KIDS

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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

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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.

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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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 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.

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Dodge City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Many universities have art museums but the Spencer is a great family venue with changing art exhibitions in different genres.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Spencer is a high quality museum with many different types of art. We especially enjoyed the modern art. It is easy to get around. Some of the displays are changed. Well worth the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

Seeing the Diane Arbus exhibit was thrilling. Very well done! Spencer museum always has great shows with great artists!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

If you are in Lawrence and have the time, head to the Spencer Museum of Art. It is a wonderful university art museum. During the next year, it will be undergoing some renovation. Can't wait to see the new and improved version.

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