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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 #3 of 22 Attractions 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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chicago
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105 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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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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
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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

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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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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Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is a fantastic museum, well worth a visit and it's FREE. Pack a picnic and eat amongst the fabulous Rodin sculptures or go to the cafe, we've done both. We take all our visiors here. They also have extremely interesting docent led tours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This museum is perfect for a family trip. It has a great collection of arts, such as Egyptian Art, Asian Arts, etc... The building itself is a work of art. Clean and beautiful.

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