We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Spencer Museum of Art

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 1301 Mississippi St, Lawrence, KS 66045-7595
Phone Number:
+1 785-864-4710
12:00 - 16:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue 10:00 - 16:00
Wed - Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 50 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 27
  • 16
    Very good
  • 4
  • 1
  • 0
Small but perfectly formed......

....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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Mike H
London, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

50 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 48: English reviews
Northfield, Minnesota
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 on other floors. The art collection I could see was a bit chaotic with not... More 

Thank Joannie J
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 as if there was no coherence to the curation of this collection.

Thank Michelle M
Lawrence, Kansas
Level Contributor
931 reviews
557 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
183 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

....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 and a rather small and insignificant staircase.....but upstairs is where it is all at, not... More 

1 Thank Mike H
Level Contributor
147 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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
Level Contributor
17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Sioux City, Iowa
Level Contributor
191 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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
A TripAdvisor Member
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
Level Contributor
49 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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
Level Contributor
101 reviews
40 attraction reviews
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

Been to Spencer Museum of Art? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Spencer Museum of Art and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Spencer Museum of Art staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?