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Spencer Museum of Art

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Too bad I can't give 5 stars: just too small a collection in a grand building. Not a lot of famous... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jurgen B
Brussels, Belgium
Stunning and accessible museum

A beautiful structure with amazing exhibits. One of the finer "small" fine art museums. On campus... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2019
Lawrence, Kansas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Too bad I can't give 5 stars: just too small a collection in a grand building. Not a lot of famous named either.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Jurgen B
Reviewed April 13, 2019

A beautiful structure with amazing exhibits. One of the finer "small" fine art museums. On campus the Spencer exposes visitors to a great art gallery with close-by access to the Museum of Natural History (great exhibits and very "child friendly") and the beautiful Campanile hill.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

Located on the University of Kansas this free museum is stylish and well curated. They always have local exhibitions plus some works from their permanent collection including Thomas Hart Benton of course.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

The Spencer Museum of Art, located on the KU Campus, is a small but well curated art museum that has a good permanent collection combined with ever-changing selections. Parking at the KU Student Union lot across the street is convenient.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Claudette J
Reviewed October 25, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised when I visited the small Spencer museum in Lawrence. It was larger than I expected and had some very interesting works of art. The museum had a nice layout over two floors and pieces were not packed together. I thought it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank N7308ZPdebrab
Reviewed October 14, 2018

The Spencer Museum of Art on the Kansas University campus has been completely remodeled since our last visit. They have done a remarkable job - the works are well lit and nicely displayed. The first floor has two galleries for temporary exhibits, the entire 2nd...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed July 28, 2018

The Spencer clearly has some gems in its collection and is definitely worth a visit. However, the display of the collection feels like a mish mash of pieces thrown together, often not making sense of how works relate.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Lance H
Reviewed July 27, 2018

Unfortunately, a lot of the museum was under some changes, so we only saw about half of the normal available, but what we saw had a nice variety of mediums, periods and interests. It only took us about an hour to browse, but could have...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank pixiewyfe
Reviewed July 27, 2018

We were surprised at the exhibits. Beautifully displayed,. We had a special appointment to see the Vargas collection and the curator Kate was helpful and full of information . We saw more than we thought possible. Friday is a walk in day. When I saw...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Penny F
Reviewed July 17, 2018

This was my second visit to the Spencer Museum of Art. The not only have great galleries with really great exhibits, but they host great events with speakers related to the current exhibits. Being able to not only see great art, but to also understand...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from KansanLisa | Reviewed this property |
I agree with what the other person answered as to the Union (right across the street with numerous dining options) and The Oread being just up the hill with several really good options. They are starting major renovations to... More