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Cantor Arts Center

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Address: Lomita Dr. and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Phone Number: 650-723-4177
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Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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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An unpretentious gem

Interesting and significant exhibits rotate regularly through the Cantor while the permanent exhibits span a variety of art from around the world. A gallery describes well the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Interesting and significant exhibits rotate regularly through the Cantor while the permanent exhibits span a variety of art from around the world. A gallery describes well the Stanford family history behind Stanford University. The Cantor is housed in a beautiful stately building. The museum cafe,Kool Cafe, offers delicious drinks, sandwiches, salads,pastries for a snack or meal. Museum admission is free.

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Portola Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Cantor Arts Center has a myriad of interesting things to learn about, ESPECIALLY, the Leland Stanford, Jr. Room. Even for me, as a Stanford Grad. the room was not only interesting but also stirred up the feeling of the loss of "little Lelean." Go there!

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Soquel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is a wonderful museum. It has a very interesting permanent collection and then it has outstanding special exhibits. The Rodin Collection is fascinating and well curated. It is free. Parking is easily accessible (free after 4PM and on weekends.) While there enjoy the Cool Cafe a marvelous dining experience created by local organic chef Jessie Cool. Lovely outdoor patio... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This museum is a hidden gem. It is the site of a large collection of August Rodin sculptures (many outdoors, but even more inside), thanks primary to a gift from Iris and B Gerald Cantor. There is also a diverse collection of art from the United States, as well as some European, African, Asian art. The visiting exhibits can be... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Although Cantor has the basics that one would expect in an art center attached to a university including a large collection of original Rodans, what i like best are the special exhibitions. which tend to focus on more modern art and not the usual suspects in terms of artists... there is also an excellent cafe run by one of the... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Visited it with my elderly mother for a home care tour. Just as I remembered, plenty of things to look at, ever changing displays. Be great to provide wheelchairs for the elderly so they can stay and browse longer. Perhaps larger font on the signs or a button to push to say what the sign says would be a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I was in the area 'killing time' and decided to go here. The Rodin collection is just fabulous, but so are the Native American and the modern art sections too. And it is free. I also loved the cafeteria with it organic selection. Nothing fancy there, but better than in most museum cafes.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This free to enter art museum is great for a wander around even if you not that into art museums, like myself. With the numerous Rodin sculptures like "The Thinker" and "The Gates of Hell", as well as art from all corners of the earth, there is something for everyone here.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

i am copying, nearly, another review…and, everyone, this museum is Free and is open on holidays, when, also, the parking on Stanford Campus is Free. The art both upstairs and down shouldn't be missed. The collection was started by the Stanford family, but the Rodin collection is the best outside of Paris. There have been a lot of generous donors... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is the largest Rodin sculpture collection outside of Paris, with some breath-taking works (Gates of Hell, Thinker, Kiss, almost 200 others). The complete Burghers of Calais is located a short distance away in the Quad. Among many beautiful sights on campus, this is my favorite by far.

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Additional Information about Cantor Arts Center

Address: Lomita Dr. and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Phone Number: 650-723-4177
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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