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We offer a variety of programs to enhance art experiences for visitors of all ages and interests.

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Little Free Museum

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Inspired by Little Free Libraries and established to meet the changing needs of art audiences during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Spencer’s Little Free Museum offers interactive educational materials for all ages. Visitors to the Little Free Museum will find it stocked with zines and activity kits that reflect the themes of our exhibitions, as well as postcards of art in our collection. New activities will be added on the first Saturday of each month and restocked on the third Saturday of each month. The Little Free Museum is directly in front of the Spencer at 1301 Mississippi Street.

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Little free museum

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.

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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.

Open Fridays

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 the personal stories behind exhibitions.

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.

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.

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Children around Buddha statue meditating with sign that reads Meditate with the Buddha