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Plan Your Visit

Explore art and ideas in our galleries! Admission is free, donations are welcome.

When is the Museum open?

  • We are open Tuesday through Friday from 10AM to 5PM and Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5PM. We have extended hours until 8PM on Thursdays.

What is on view?

  • Our fourth-floor galleries showcase the range of our collection through four themed exhibitions that bring together art from across time, geography, and cultures. Two balcony galleries feature rotating special projects.
  • Our third-floor galleries present special exhibitions that rotate a couple times a year.
  • The Brosseau Learning Center and Lee Study Center feature short-term installations related to KU coursework.
  • Our Open Fridays program allows visitors to drop in to our Goddard Study Center and request to view works on paper from storage. The hours are Fridays, 10AM to 12PM and 1PM to 4PM.
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Office Hours

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Monday–Friday, 8:30AM–5:00PM



Holiday Hours 

Closed June 19, 2024

Closed July 4, 2024

Gallery Hours

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 Monday, Closed

Tuesday, 10AM to 5PM 

Wednesday, 10AM to 5 PM

Thursday, 10AM to 8PM

Friday, 10AM to 5PM

Saturday, 12PM to 5PM

Sunday, 12PM to 5PM


Visitor Guidelines

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Please review our guidelines before you visit and contact us if you have any questions or to request a reasonable accommodation.

Health & Safety

  • Free disposable face masks are available in our lobby.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries.


  • Free parking is available on the first level of the Mississippi Street Garage next to the Kansas Union from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. You must visit the Museum's Welcome Desk to have your parking validated. You can also park for free in Lot 91 behind the Museum on weekends. Learn more on our Directions & Parking page.

Sketching & Photography

  • Pencils are the only writing utensils allowed in the galleries. We do not currently have clipboards or writing boards available.
  • We welcome non-flash photography for personal use and with the expectation that images will be used in a way that is consistent with the rights of the artists. Selfie sticks are not allowed. Tripods and other professional equipment are prohibited without advance permission.

Interactive Displays

  • The University of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art reserves the right to moderate, alter, and remove any and all content contributed to interactive displays by members of the public. The Spencer Museum of Art will remove content that is unrelated to the display's topic or does not contribute to the Museum’s educational or artistic goals.

Waiver and Release of Liability

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Participant understands that they participate in Museum Events at their own risk. In exchange for participating in Museum Events, Participant hereby releases, waives, and hold harmless the Spencer Museum of Art, the University of Kansas, the State of Kansas, the Kansas Board of Regents, and their employees, agents, assigns and volunteers from liability for any and all loss, damage, injuries, claims, demands, lawsuits, expenses and any other liability of any kind, including personal injury, of or to Participant or any other person, or damage to any property belonging to Participant, directly or indirectly arising out of or in connection with Participant’s participation in or attendance in Museum Events.

KU Policies

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Health & Safety Requirements

All members of the KU community, including visitors, must follow these health requirements while on campus.

Tobacco Free KU

The KU Lawrence campus prohibits smoking, tobacco products, and electronic smoking devices. For more information read the full University policy.

Concealed Carry

As part of The University of Kansas, the Spencer Museum of Art is subject to the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act, in effect from July 1, 2017. For questions concerning concealed carry on campus, please refer to the University of Kansas Concealed Carry website.