Located on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, the Spencer Museum houses an internationally recognized collection of more than 40,000 artworks spanning diverse time periods and geographic regions. Areas of special strength include 19th-century American art and material culture; old master prints; photography; Japanese Edo-period prints; medieval panel painting and religious sculpture; Native American pottery, beadwork, and jewelry; African sculpture; 20th-century Chinese painting; and World War I-era art. The Spencer encourages interdisciplinary exploration at the intersection of art, ideas, and experience, and offers a variety of free programs and activities for all ages. A major renovation beginning in May 2015 will transform 11,000 square feet of the Museum, expanding visitor and study spaces, and adding features such as a central staircase and large windows looking west to Marvin Grove. Admission is always free.