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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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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 afternoon of art

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
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Dodge City, Kansas
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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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126 reviews 126 reviews
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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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Leawood, Kansas
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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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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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 helpful votes 53 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 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
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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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