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Spencer Museum of Art

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Address: 1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, KS
Phone Number:
+1 785-864-4710
10:00 - 20:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue 10:00 - 16:00
Wed - Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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Nice little local museum with some high level art

Lately renovated this museum holds multiple different eras, from early 18th century, through modern and current art as well as older items. Overall it is a great little place well... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 December 2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Lately renovated this museum holds multiple different eras, from early 18th century, through modern and current art as well as older items. Overall it is a great little place well worth stopping at. In additional check the local papers as often they have activities for adults and/or kids

Thank gil100
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The Spencer has been closed for awhile but has reopened with considerable excitement. And it was worth the wait! It is a wonderful experience and allows the Spencer to show more from its collections in a wonderful environment. Be sure to get by soon.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

An interesting collection and well worth a visit. I am guessing way too many people in the area do not realize what a gem they have. Spend an hour or two and take in the other sites around the town.

Thank loesshawk2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 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.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Lawrence, Kansas
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 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...

Thank James M
Leavenworth, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 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 .

Thank Dannielle W
Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 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😊.

Thank angela1017
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 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 

Thank Kaitlyn J
Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 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 

Thank Maddi M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 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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