While Kansas is best known as a leader in grassroots or outsider
art, Kansas also has several outstanding art museums. All but one of the
art museums on this page are free.
The image at the top of this page is a detail from Tragic
Prelude, John Steuart Curry's famous John Brown mural in the Kansas
State Capital in Topeka. The Capital building has many murals by John
Steuart Curry, Jerome Fedeli, and Lumen Martin Winter. The Capital is open
Monday - Friday and admission is free.
Kansas has many art galleries and a page devoted to them
may be added to KansasTravel.org in the future. For the present time, you
may enjoy the many pages devoted Kansas Folk Art or Grassroots
|Fredonia, Kansas - The Stone
House is an art gallery run by the Fredonia Arts Council. It was
built in 1872 and is the oldest house in Fredonia. It has lovely thick
walls an woodwork, accented above the front door by stain glass window
which was created by an artist in residence.
|Greensburg, Kansas - The
5.4.7 Arts Center is the first LEED
Platinum building that was designed and constructed by students. Platinum
is the highest rating level for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design Green Building Rating System.
The 5.4.7 Arts Center is a community arts center intended
to raise awareness of fine arts, both visual and performing, make arts
accessible to everyone and provide an environment to create and learn through
classes, exhibits and performances.
|Hay, Kansas - The Moss-Thorns
Gallery of Art at Fort Hays University moved to this impressive
space in the Old Power Plant building in 2019. The Gallery is attached
to the Schmidt Art & Design Center where the works of many artists
associated with the university is displayed. You may also see artists and
designers at work in the various classrooms and labs.
|Hutchinson, Kansas - The
Art Center is operated by the Hutchinson Reno Arts and Humanities
Council. The free gallery includes a permanent collection, a changing program
of special exhibits and a large gallery of two and three dimensional art
which is available to purchase.
|Lawrence, Kansas - The Helen
Foresman Spencer Museum of Art has seven galleries displaying selections
from the University of Kansas permanent collection of more than 25,000
works of art. Special exhibitions are displayed in four additional galleries.
During the school year, the Spencer offers workshops and art lectures almost
every day of the week.
Open every day but Monday, admission to the Spencer Museum
of Art is free.
|Liberal, Kansas - Baker
Arts Center is in an attractive, former home in a quiet residential
area. There are three galleries on the main floor, but all though the Center
advertises that it has a large collection that includes original works
by renowned artists, the galleries are all devoted to temporary exhibits.
Open Sunday and Tuesday - Friday. Admission to the Baker
Arts Center is free.
|Lincoln, Kansas - The Lincoln
Art Center is a modest sized art center that has been open since
1993. It has a main gallery which hosts exhibitions by local, state &
regional artists (occasionally national exhibits). The Center also hosts
community activities, classes, and the Lincoln Arts and Humanities Foundation
|Lindsborg, Kansas - The
Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery on the Bethany College campus
honors Birger Sandzén, a Swedish born artist and a faculty member
at Bethany College from 1894 to 1946.
|Lucas, Kansas - The Grassroots
Art Center in Lucas, promotes self taught artists from around the
state of Kansas, with an emphasis on the folk artists who did most of their
work in Lucas. The Center occupies three late 18th Century buildings downtown
Open year around, admission $7 for adults.
|Manhattan, Kansas - The Marianna
Kistler Beach Museum of Art boasts the largest collection of work
anywhere by Kansas artist John Steuart Curry with over 900 drawings, sketches,
prints, and paintings.
Open every day but Monday, admission to the Marianna Kistler
Beach Museum of Art is free.
|Overland Park, Kansas - The Nerman
Museum of Contemporary Art is a spectacular facility at Johnson
County Community College. At 38,000 square feet the Nerman is the largest
contemporary art museum in the 4 state area.
Open every day but Monday, admission to the Nerman Museum
of Contemporary Art is free.
|Topeka, Kansas - The Mulvane Art Museum
is located on the north end of the Washburn University campus. When we
visited the modest museum, it was displaying none of its own collection,
just two temporary photograph exhibits.
Open every day but Monday, admission to the Mulvane Art
Museum is free.
|Wichita, Kansas - The Ulrich
Museum of Art at Wichita State University has only 2 small galleries
and a couple of hallways. But the Ulrich Museum has a large collection
displayed outside: the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, more
than 70 pieces spread across Wichita State University's campus. It includes
art by Burton, Jiménez, Moore, Nevelson, Oldenburg, Rickey and Rodin.
Open every day but Monday, admission to the Ulrich Museum
of Art is free.
|Wichita, Kansas - The Wichita
Art Museum is the largest Kansas art museum. The permanent collection
includes more than 6,000 works of art, but large portions of the museum
are devoted to traveling or temporary exhibits.
Open seven days a week, the Wichita Art Museum is free
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