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Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence

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  • The Spencer is a small museum on a large university campus. As might be expected at an academic institution the collection is not huge and does not have a particular focus. However, the...  more »
  • The Spencer Museum of Art is a real jewel in the midwest. This is a world-class art museum and one that is worth taking the time to see. The Spencer has art from most time periods and all are...  more »
  • Situated in a scenic corner of the campus, this museum is home to some 45,000 works of art, which make up a collection larger than that of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in nearby Kansas City. With a collection this vast, you can expect to find some compelling pieces of work here. Galleries have an easy-to-follow flow and feel fresh, but seating is a bit lacking (I don't like to carry a stool around). The first (technically the third) floor is mostly devote to special exhibitions. Unfortunately, it was in the midst of an installation during my visit. The permanent exhibitions on the second (fourth) floor are arranged thematically instead of by geographic areas/time periods seen in most art museums. This is a workable approach but it fails to deliver to me here. In places I feel there is just a mishmash of objects which don't combine to tell a coherent story. But still, I would encourage you to come and draw your own conclusion. This place is free and the staff are friendly. It can be easily incorporated into a visit to the campus and the natural history museum across the street.
  • Good use of space and fun way to learn more about Kansas through art. It’s worth a quick stop.

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