The Cantor has the largest collection of Rodin sculpture outside France. Many great pieces, including the "Gates of Hell," are outdoors and visible 24/7. The Cantor also has a part-ownership in "The Thinker," which is on display a couple of months a year. It's always displayed in the west rotunda, which was built with a specially reinforced floor at the turn of the 20th century to support Gov. Stanford's private rail car! Rodin's Burghers of Calais, however is mounted in the Quad in front of Memorial Church. Other strengths include African art and 20th century art, and excellent traveling exhibits come here. But because the museum is a teaching museum, it also has a little bit of everything. Check out the Stanford Gallery for artifacts from the founders (the whole museum was a sort of cabinet of curiosities in their day). The Anderson Collection of 20th century American painting (Rothko, Jackson Pollock etc) is coming here in 2014-15 (a building is under construction). Until then, the Anderson collection is being housed in a private venue nearby, and the Cantor staff facilitates monthly tours. Ask if you're interested. A lot of important sculpture is all over campus, and the Cantor runs free tours of it once or twice a week. Nice gift shop and restaurant, though rendered a bit noisy by nearby construction these days.
The museum is open Wed-Sun and admission is always free. You must pay for parking (nearby) except after 4 pm and on weekends, and during Christmas break.
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