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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 - 8:00 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
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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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An unexpected highlight of my visit to Palo Alto

I had not previously been aware of either the Cantor Arts Museum or the Anderson Collection alongside it. So both were unexpected highlights of my visit to Palo Alto for business... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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sydney, australia
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sydney, australia
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had not previously been aware of either the Cantor Arts Museum or the Anderson Collection alongside it. So both were unexpected highlights of my visit to Palo Alto for business. Put aside 3-4 hours to see both comprehensively or, if you have less time, dip into one or the other. But don't miss them.

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Palo Alto, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is small, easy to digest in an hour or so, has a great cafe, and outside there is an Alice Waters inspired cafe and a Rodin sculpture garden. Especially funks standing near the life sized and very realistic sculpture of a laborer and watching little kids as they slowly realize it is a sculpture.

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Thank Carol Z
Palo Alto, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Has major exhibitions and is Free. Some permanent items that are great, appealed to 6 year old, nice snack shop with tables outside.

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Thank McNall
Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This art museum is a real high point of visiting the Stanford campus. The permanent collection is very comprehensive, including Asian and South Pacific exhibits as well as European and American painting and sculpture. The Rodin sculpture collection is outstanding - both indoors and the outdoor sculpture garden. The new Anderson Collection, in a striking new building, contains an exceptional... More 

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Los Altos, California
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161 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely museum to visit and enjoy leisurely without crowds. Don't miss the coffee bar. Sit outside where you can admire the many bronzes in the garden. Best place to park on Stanford property. :)

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live in this area. I have traveled extensively and seen many, many museums. This one is really great. And it is in my back yard. So...there are multiple exhibits of artists from the area and from the world. There are a number of tours from docents who are exceptionally knowledgeable about the artwork. If you have some time at... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I have enjoyed taking friends and family to see both the Cantor Museum and the Anderson collection next door. There is quite a variety of art in both buildings and it's relaxed and pleasant. Best if a Docent tour is available to give one a focus on the art of each room. Lunch can be purchased in the adjoining cafe.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This gem of a museum is completely free. Could be a little difficult to find so use a GPS or Google maps

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

One may have different taste, but as a fan of Rodin I of course enjoyed all the work by him displayed. The exhibition of the university's history is very interesting, and I particularly enjoyed how they had displayed the art with walls, it gave it a homely feel. I'm not in to modern art but they have some and it's... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

by far this is best place to see the arts exhibitions. much closer than SF downtown. love the campus settings, always a pleasure to visit.

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