The Spencer Museum of Art invites everyone, individually or in groups, to partake in the enriching experience our diverse collection of art has to offer. We ask that groups make reservations at least two weeks in advance for a guided tour. Self-guided groups should also make an appointment for their visit to ensure that there is adequate space in the galleries.
The Museum’s trained volunteer docents conduct guided tours and class visits which last approximately one hour and are free of charge, though donations are accepted. We encourage discussion between the docent and museum visitors.
The Spencer Museum of Art has many galleries for visitors to explore. In the Central Court and North and South Balconies which you will find the majority of our exhibitions. We also have galleries for our permanent collections, such as the Asia Gallery and our 20/21 Gallery.
This online activity is part of an informal study on ways to motivate you to visit the Spencer, improve your experience, and encourage return visits. You will be introduced to the Museum first by viewing objects online and then looking at the same objects in the Museum, revealing the difference between a virtual and an actual experience with works of art.
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Gallery hours, office hours, and holiday hours.
The Spencer Museum of Art is located in the heart of the University of Kansas Lawrence campus and can be accessed easily. On this page you will find a map and driving directions.
Parking for cars is available across the street in the Kansas Union Parking Garage at an hourly rate. Weekends in the Parking Garage are free with the exception of special events. Please look for reserved signage at driving entrances.
The Spencer Museum of Art is available for rental by University of Kansas departments and affiliated groups and organizations. Non-university groups may be eligible to rent the museum facilities, but certain restrictions apply.