The Spencer Museum of Art welcomes all visitors and makes every effort to accommodate visitors with different needs and abilities. To request an accommodation, please contact the Public Programs and Visitor Experience Manager.
Drop-off Area and Parking
There is a drop off area at the front entrance of the Museum off Mississippi Street. This is a five-minute load/unload zone and vehicles may not be left unattended. Accessible parking is available across the street from the Museum in the Mississippi Street Garage next to the Kansas Union at an hourly rate. Limited mobility parking is available in front of the Museum; visit the Welcome Desk for a temporary KU permit. Visit the KU Parking page for more information on accessible visitor parking options.
Please note that parking, including accessible spaces, is limited during KU football home games and other major events on campus, and may have increased costs.
The Spencer Museum of Art is easily accessible to visitors by Lawrence Transit’s bus routes. For more information about which bus routes travel to the Spencer Museum, visit the Lawrence Transit "Routes" website or Lawrence Transit’s app, available for free download via Google Play and the iTunes Store.
Most bus routes will drop visitors off in front of the Kansas Union on the KU campus. A pathway connects the Spencer Museum of Art and the Kansas Union.
- Exit the bus and enter the Kansas Union from Jayhawk Blvd. You are on level 4 in the Kansas Union.
- Take the stairs or elevator to level 1.
- Exit through the glass doors.
- Cross Mississippi St and enter the Spencer Museum of Art.
Wheelchairs and Seating
The Museum is accessible to wheelchair users and visitors who need to avoid using stairs. A limited number of wheelchairs are available to borrow at the Welcome Desk. Seating for wheelchairs at programs and events may be reserved in advance. Chairs and stools are available for use in the galleries.
Assistive Listening Devices
An audio looping system is available for most public programs. Visitors using T-coil or telecoil hearing aids or cochlear implants can access this system. Visitors with other hearing devices may request a headset at the Welcome Desk to access the system.
Spencer Museum App
The Spencer Museum App provides expanded access to the Museum's collection and current exhibitions, including self-guided tours, audio descriptions of artwork and audio recordings of text located in the galleries, additional images of objects, and video.The app is free to download on both iOS and Android, and can also be used on tablets available to check out at our Welcome Desk.
Art Beyond Sight Tours
The Museum offers gallery tours for visitors with low or no vision. These tours include audio description by a trained guide supplemented by tactile and other sensory materials. To schedule an Art Beyond Sight tour, please contact Rachel Straughn-Navarro at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785.864.6137 at least two weeks in advance.
Certified service animals are welcome in the Museum, but must remain on leash.