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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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10:00 am - 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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A gem!

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
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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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Leawood, Kansas
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
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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20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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53 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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