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Cantor Arts Center

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Address: Lomita Dr. and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Phone Number: 16507234177
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Center presents a wide selection of art in 24 galleries, plus...

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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I loved the Stanford family story and Rodin's work

What a nice museum! They have a great collection of Rodin's sculptures. The Gates of Hell is magnificent. The room for the Stanford family tells story about the family and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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18 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a nice museum! They have a great collection of Rodin's sculptures. The Gates of Hell is magnificent. The room for the Stanford family tells story about the family and the beginning of Stanford University. There is a modern art museum next door. They both open late on Thursdays. Parking is free after 4pm.

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Everett, Washington
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were walking around Stanford campus and seemed to stumble upon this awesome collection. Beautiful pieces of history; you could spend hours here.

Thank CalebnZan
Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to the Canto Museum many times and it has always been a great way to spend the afternoon and enjoy art without having to go into SF. I had out-of-town guests and I knew they would like this experience. It has never been a busy, crowd-pushing experience for me. My out-of-town company enjoy this experience as I... More 

Thank Fran G
Foster City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cantor is free and easy to visit any time of year. Lots of permanent exhibits that are worthwhile and plenty of changing exhibitions too. Great Rodin sculpture garden, other museums nearby, lovely walks around and a good cafe as well.

Thank Bart C
Stanford, California
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52 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a treasure to have this magnificent museum on campus. This is one of my favorite 'go to places' where I take out of town guests. It is also fun to view new exhibits, always of utmost quality.

Thank BonBrit123
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There a nice mix of periods here and styles, a nice little buffet of tidbits, that clearly show a collectors taste. Exactly the right size for a short but meaningful visit. I liked the early modern Paintings especially.

Thank Ken A
Huntersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When Mr and Mrs Stanford founded their university in honor of their late son, they also created a museum. It contains a mixture of Stanford memorabilia, such as the Golden Spike Mr Stanford used to complete the trans-continental railroad, and world class art work such as Rodin's Thinker and his Gates of Hell. There are also rotating exhibitions. It is... More 

Thank JeffP2
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you visit the Bay area, take time to go on a weekend to the Cantor Arts Center!! Wonderful collections which can be enjoyed within two floors of art. The museum is "free" and overall on weekends you can park your car around and also is free. Open 6 days a week from 11am to 5pm Wed-Mon and Thurs 11am... More 

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Orange County, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family has an ancestor who helped to build the Transcontinental Railroad, and we found out that the Cantor Arts Center has a Stanford Family Room in which the final Golden Spike is displayed. We were fortunate to visit on a Sunday, when there is free parking and free admission, and relived a part of our own family history by... More 

Emeryville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A nice collection that ranges from late 19th century to modern art. I would not travel to visit this museum but worth a visit if you are in the area.

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