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“Oldest art museum in Kansas” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mulvane Art Museum

Mulvane Art Museum
Ranked #16 of 47 things to do in Topeka
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Owner description: The permanent collection of the Mulvane Art Museum is national and international in scope and is also well represented with Kansas and regional artists. Other features are the ArtLab: look, create, understand education facility, a hands-on activity center for all ages. The Mulvane is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed major holidays, Thanksgiving weekend and mid-December through mid-January.
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“Oldest art museum in Kansas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

The Mulvane Art Museum opened in 1924. It's a small, beautiful museum showing a wide variety of art, national and regional in scope. The art lab, which many think is just for kids, is a great experience for all ages. And everything--entry and art lab--is free. The museum is located on the beautiful Washburn University campus and is a good starting point for walking the campus for a tour of outdoor sculpture (pamphlets identifying the outdoor sculpture/locations are found in the museum at the information desk).

Visited July 2012
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Kansas City, Kansas
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great Art Museum for Kansas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

This is nice museum to visit if you are in need of something to do in Topeka. It's not like the Nelson Atkins (Kansas City) or Denver Art Museum, certainly not, it is more of a mix of more modern, regional art. However, they do have some interesting traveling shows come in. It's a family friendly museum, it's free, doesn't take a lot of time to see it, it sometimes has exhibits geared towards kids and sometimes shows artwork made by local kids. Every couple of months or so, new exhibits are always coming in, so it gives a reason to keep coming back to Topeka. If you are in the area, you probably should check it out.

Visited June 2012
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Topeka, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Ever changing art fun!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2012

We frequent the musuem for several reasons:
2) Quality of display
3) Great help from volunteers!
4) The Art Lab in the basement is OUT OF SIGHT

Thank you for giving my son something to look forward to in art. He becomes inspired with every visit.

Visited April 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Exceptional Art Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2011

Always has unique displays, has a learning lab for kids to learn about/create art. Can be both educational and enjoyable.

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Chesterfield, MO
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“Wonderful college art museum with a great area for kids!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2011

Wow! This small college art museum was very impressive. I went to the lego exhibit which was crowded with families, something I have never seen at a college art museum. The museum is small enough, with four large galleries on two floors, and is free. There are some reserved parking spots in the lot across from the museum. The most impressive part of the museum was in the basement where they have several large spaces devotes to art activities for children. There were lots of lego activities, but many other areas from a “cave” where you can put graffiti on the wall to large glass panels to draw on. There were many interesting activities for the kids. I have never seen a college art museum make such an effort to work with children. And they even allow photography! Highly recommended for families.

Visited September 2011
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