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Spencer Museum of Art

1301 Mississippi St, Lawrence, KS 66045-7595
+1 785-864-4710
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KU's Best Kept Secret

This small museum of art is a rare treasure in the heart of mid-America. There were a couple of... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Ann H
Wichita, United States
Nice museum

We visited on a rainy week day and I think we were the only ones here. Apparently the museum is 2... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2017
Tulsa, OK
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1301 Mississippi St, Lawrence, KS 66045-7595
+1 785-864-4710
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

This small museum of art is a rare treasure in the heart of mid-America. There were a couple of areas closed, prepping for the coming exhibit, so we only viewed the permanent collection. I was shocked to find works by, Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas...More

Thank Ann H
Reviewed 5 April 2017

We visited on a rainy week day and I think we were the only ones here. Apparently the museum is 2 floors, but there was an exhibit being installed on one of the floors, so we were only able to visit the 4th floor. Yes,...More

Thank yahoody
Reviewed 22 March 2017

I visited the Spencer Art Museum on St. Patrick's Day and I had plenty of time to look around as the rest of the world seemed to be at the big parade downtown Lawrence, Kansas. Only the 4th floor was acailable because of new installations...More

Thank Joannie J
Reviewed 9 March 2017

If there was some sort of a design vision in bringing together a hodgepodge of art collected over the centuries and displaying them together, I am not entirely sure what it was. The staff was welcoming, the building was entirely appropriate, but it just seemed...More

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 2 March 2017

The Spencer Museum of Art is a nice place for a visit while in Lawrence. It is just down the hill from the main KU campus and offers a nice selection of art on display.

Thank buffalojim67
Reviewed 23 February 2017

....by a recent rebuilding of the interior, though the classical exterior still looks like a very suitable temple to art. However, one small niggle - it isn't terribly clear that there is both an upstairs nor how to get to it, though there are lifts...More

1  Thank Mike H
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...More

Thank gil100
Reviewed 19 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.

1  Thank Belliott17
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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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.

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Which coffee shop on KU campus is the closest to the museum? Are there any restaurants on campus where a group of 20 could eat?
7 April 2015|
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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