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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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12:00 pm - 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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I enjoy going to art museums and having the opportunity to see art from the past and art from the future. It is located just behind the student union.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoy going to art museums and having the opportunity to see art from the past and art from the future. It is located just behind the student union.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

very nice to visit with the appreciation of art...in many ways...great on a hot day in the summer...easy to get to as well...

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Leavenworth, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

I had never been to the Spencer Art Museum before so ween I was asked to chaperone a field trip for my 8th grader I gladly accepted. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and fielded the kids questions with ease. I willl return in the future with my entire family .

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed it! Like a little Nelson. We went for my college son's assignment. We were very pleased that it is here😊.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

For such a small museum, Spencer has an incredible selection. It includes some big-name artists (such as Andy Warhol) and a lot you will have never heard of, but will come away loving. The gifted classes at a local middle school (Southwest Middle School) have made podcasts that are available online for you to construct your own audio tour. Absolutely... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

The museum is constantly rotating their exhibit downstairs; I would recommend checking with the museum beforehand to see if the exhibit is of interest to you. However, upstairs offers a wild variety of art in many mediums and styles. There is a section coving modern art as well as very old pieces. I went with a friend and we enjoyed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

The Spencer contains what is perhaps one of the best 15-20 university art collections in the country. The museum's founders wanted to offer students a geographically and historically broad sampling of the art of many cultures, many centuries and they succeeded. Most of the art is deliberately not organized by period or origin and the result can be some fascinating... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

As an art student at KU, I have a special place in my heart for this museum, but I really think it is a good one. There are some hidden gems here! Make sure to take the elevator to the next floor to see the old paintings (my favorite).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

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

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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