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Visitors using magnifying glass to view items up-close

Youth and Families

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The Spencer Museum provides a variety of creative and educational programs that are free and fun for children and grown-ups.

Art Cart:

The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups can enjoy hands-on art projects together. These educational crafts take inspiration from original artworks in our collection.

Saturday Art Adventures:

These family-friendly tours followed by art-making activities occur once a month. Attendees are invited to investigate works of art on view and explore the central ideas with a craft or activity. Art Adventures are ideal for children ages 5–9 and their grown-ups.

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People enjoying NuPenny installation in Marvin Grove.


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Each month the Spencer Museum offers a range of programs enabling the general public to experience objects and ideas from its vast collection.

Walk-Ins Welcome:

Drop by the Stephen H. Goddard Study Center each Friday between 10 am to Noon and 1 to 4 pm to explore the Spencer’s expansive collection of prints, drawings, and photographs.

Slow Art Sundays:

Practice the art of slow looking by contemplating a single work of art on view in the galleries and engaging in dialogue with Museum staff and fellow visitors.

Up Close:

This series of gallery talks invites visitors to experience current exhibitions through the curator’s eyes.

Senior Sessions:

Designed for senior citizens, these informal gallery talks explore specific topics or questions and are led by Museum staff, KU faculty, or community members.

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Students exploring the museum galleries

KU Students

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Students of all majors and backgrounds can find inspiration at the Spencer Museum through community events and programs geared toward students.

Spencer Student Advisory Board:

Open to all KU students, the Spencer Student Advisory Board meets bi-monthly to collaborate with Spencer staff and develop student-run programs at the Museum.