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Cantor Arts Center

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Address: Lomita Dr. and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
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+1 650-723-4177
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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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One of the world's largest/outstanding Rodin collections in a beautiful [Parisian] garden setting

Been visiting Stanford's Cantor Arts Center for decades. Every Cantor visit is a highlight of my visit [from Sydney Australia] to Stanford. The good thing is that you can see... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Been visiting Stanford's Cantor Arts Center for decades. Every Cantor visit is a highlight of my visit [from Sydney Australia] to Stanford. The good thing is that you can see some 20 outstanding Rodins in The Rodin Sculpture Garden, because it is open 24 hours with excellent lighting if you happen to be there at night time. The Gates of... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford with it's outdoor Rodin sculpture garden, and the history collection from across the world and it's curation is world class - though not quite the size of the MET, Hermitage of the Lovre, but no less in quality - South American, mediterranean,Tibetan and many other parts of the world. For modern art lovers the... More 

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Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Generally speaking, these are ok exhibits interesting enough if you're in the area. However the Rodin exhibit is worth making an effort to see, if only for the gates of hell.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University to be an excellent and diverse museum. There is a Rodin Sculpture Galley both indoors and outdoors. There are also very nice sections on Egyptian, African, Asian, indigenous American, and other arts. These exhibits are not large in size, but present modest numbers of works, displayed very well. Admission is free,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

We visited this museum the week before Thanksgiving. The museum is free even thought the caliber is right up there with one's that charge a fee. My 11 year old, art loving daughter could have spent the whole day there!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

History of the Stanford family plus rotation of visiting magnificent exhibitions like Dutch etchings featuring Rembrandt and prestigious Dutch artists. Allow time to wander the galleries and hallways. It's free. Parking free on weekends.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Lots to see - including Anderson Collection. Each museum has its own unique story which the visitor should learn.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

If you love art and history then this is a great place to spend some time. Beautiful inside and outside. Many informative and eye catching exhibits

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

If for nothing else the cantor arts center is worth visiting for the Rodin sculptures (and a few pieces by Camille Claudel).

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

The Rodin sculpture garden as well as the collection of Rodin sculptures indoors makes the visit worthwile. You get furthermore a good understanding of the Stanford family history. The rest of the art collection is good but not extraordinary.

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