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Cantor Arts Center

Address: Lomita Dr. and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Phone Number: 650-723-4177
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Ranked #2 of 41 things to do in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art museums, Museums
Owner description: The Center presents a wide selection of art in 24 galleries, plus outdoor gardens, courtyards, and...
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Type: Art museums, Museums
Hours:
Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Santa Rosa, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

For art lovers, the Cantor Art Museum at Stanford University is well worth the time and effort. It's probably best known for its collection of Rodin bronzes, but it also has excellent examples of art form Asia, Oceania and Africa as well as art from Europe and America. An small but excellent gallery of contemporary art, particularly from the Bay... More 

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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Loved wandering around this beautiful art museum but would have liked more information and perhaps a scheduled tour. I always find that you learn so much from these that you miss when on your own. Did not see many scheduled.

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chicago
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111 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

First of all, there are no admission fees. Nice. To see the Rodin collection is worth whatever it takes to get here. There is a great collection inside but the masterpiece is the Gates of Hell which are outside to the left if you are facing the building.

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Fremont, California
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Been there too many times to count. Even though it's not a huge place, you simply cannot beat the quality of the exhibits, and the free tours and kids activities available. The front, back and courtyards are also great places for kids to run around among world-class sculptures.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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67 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The Cantor Arts Center is located on Stanford campus and is FREE!! We didn’t have much time, so we scanned through a fairly interesting exhibit on the Stanford family, and browsed the Robert Frank special exhibit (photography). It was well done and… free!! It gets 5 stars because it's free. If you live close by, you could literally just pop... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Center, which is free to the public keeps improving with generous donations and well curated shows. Although there are representative pieces from a variety of periods and places, the unique qualities of this medium sized museum are what make it special. The Rodin collection is well curated, and there is a room with casts focusing on the process by... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Cantor Arts is one of the Arts centers at Stanford, alongwith the Anderson Art Gallery just opened up next door. It is the home of Stanford's extensive art collection covering all ages and genres; because it is California based and associated with the university it has an outstanding collection of California and modern art. It regularly holds special exhibits which... More 

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East Palo Alto, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We return to the Cantor Arts Center on a regular basis. It has ever-changing special exhibits that we enjoy seeing. It also has a lot of photography exhibits, which is of special interest to us. It is a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon, especially with visitors from out of town.

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103 reviews 103 reviews
35 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Beautiful museum with excellent indoor/outdoor lunchroom and new contemporary art wing. Scholarly shows well-presented. Enjoyed Sympathy for the Devil.

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Wayland, Massachusetts
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4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The Cantor Arts Center has a great collection highlighted by a wonderful Rodin sculpture garden and the Gates of Hell. There is also a fantastic contemporary art gallery and an amazing Serra installation. But the real news and worth a trip from anywhere is the Anderson Collection - a completely new Gallery next door to the Cantor with the personal... More 

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