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Cantor Arts Center

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Address: Lomita Dr. and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Phone Number:
+1 650-723-4177
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Hours:
Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Mon 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Center presents a wide selection of art in 24 galleries, plus outdoor...

The Center presents a wide selection of art in 24 galleries, plus outdoor gardens, courtyards, and terraces. The Center's collection spans 5000 years and ranges from ancient China to the 21st century.

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Wonderful museum, and FREE!

Great place to stop by for a bit or spend a whole afternoon. Wonderful art and outdoor sculpture. Excellent changing exhibits and an amazing new modern art collection.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Laura W
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Menlo Park, California
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Menlo Park, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to stop by for a bit or spend a whole afternoon. Wonderful art and outdoor sculpture. Excellent changing exhibits and an amazing new modern art collection.

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Thank Laura W
Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The quality and interest of exhibits here varies. The permanent collection is mostly not of great interest, with a few exceptions, but some of the temporary exhibits are more interesting. The highlight is the outdoor Rodin Garden with a great collection of that artist's work

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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best museums in all of the Bay Area can be found nestled away on the campus of Stanford University. Because of it's location it is rarely crowded and the admission is nominal (your choice of what you'd be willing to donate. Here you will find one of the largest collections of Rodin's fine statuary outside of France.... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a must for any visitors to Stanford or Palo Alto. Great Stanford history room as well as large collection of Rodin and contemporary artists.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A tucked away gem that is well worth a visit for anyone traveling to or living in the San Francisco Bay Area, especially in Silicon Valley. The collection is quite impressive, including an extensive collection of Rodin sculptures. I went with my whole family including four children and we all enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

free entrance, so is definitelly worth a visit if you are visiting stanford. quite a good selection of subjects

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would recommend the (free) guided tour for an inside view of the Rodin collection here, one of the largest assemblies of Rodin's bronzes in the world. They include such iconic sculptures as 'The Thinker' and the ornate door 'The Gates of Hell', while the famous Burghers of Calais are displayed in the nearby Memorial Court on the Stanford University... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cantor Arts Center has many very interesting exhibits and is easy to explore. The only problem is it's hard to find empty parking spaces in the area--even in the garage.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful museum, worth spending the few hours, nice collection. Gorgeous building and grounds. Close to where my son lives near campus. Nice little cafe with outdoor patio overlooking Rodin sculpture garden.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cantor Arts Center was a wonderful surprise. This beautiful museum houses many treasures worth your time to see. The Rodin collection is amazing. I enjoyed learning about Leland Stanford, his wife and son, who founded the university and museum. It is free to the public.

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