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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
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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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Great Museum

This was a surprise. The museum is free (but parking will cost some) & the staff is very friendly & helpful. We thought we would "run thru" it in 30 min. but we found 2hrs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a surprise. The museum is free (but parking will cost some) & the staff is very friendly & helpful. We thought we would "run thru" it in 30 min. but we found 2hrs wasn't quite enough for even a cursory visit. The museum is excellent, & we will return. Don't forget to visit the adjacent outdoor sculptor garden.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Every time family or friends visit from out of town, this art gallery is a must see venue. Wonderful Rodan sculpture garden in a lovely setting. Interesting memorabilia and info about the Stanford family. And the other art collections inside are all top notch. It's fun to take them around the Oval to see the buildings on the Quad, then... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Cantor has a nice regular collection of Rodin sketches to go along with its large outdoor exhibit (Rodin Sculpture garden). Often has really interesting, and unusual, visiting exhibits as well. A few very large pieces of outdoor sculpture round out their offerings. And there's a nice Andy Goldsworthy (Stone River) just nearby. If you can make the time, you... More 

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Palo Alto, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From the quirky but unique Stanford family room, to the world class Rodin garden and collection, this museum is a delight. The Butterfield horse, curated special exhibits and little gems tucked in the main exhibit halls keeps this a joy to visit over and over again. And the Anderson collection next door! First rate.

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Palo Alto, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is delicious. Organic, fresh and delightfully presented. My lower rating is for the price and extremely slow service. The lines are very long to order which is unnecessary. They're just slow.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came by mainly for the Rodin Sculpture Garden and Stanford, but this museum is really quite wonderful. The collections are small, but well displayed and the descriptions are informative. It is an eclectic mix of ancient artifact, modern abstracts, and classic paintings. Not a really good place to go with small children if they don't understand "museum behavior." It... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Anderson family has donated their impressive collection of modern American Art to this new building, adjacent to the Cantor museum.

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Palo Alto, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a go-to while on Stanford Campus. It's beautiful and easily accessed. The outdoor Rodin sculpture garden is particularly striking. Inside the building there are both permanent and rotating exhibits. There is a small outdoor cafe on the first floor and the museum is adjacent to the new art building on campus. Overall, a lovely way to enjoy some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see while you are in Palo Alto! There are several Rodins in the outdoor exhibit and the Burghers of Calais near the church on campus. In addition, there are another 170 works by Rodin inside! Richard Diebenkorn's sketchbooks (a Stanford graduate) were on display for the first time. His wife gifted them to the Cantor. What an extraordinary... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As we were in the San Jose area with some free time on our way to a Yosemite vacation, we decided to spend an hour or two on the Stanford campus. Was told about this museum and it is highly recommended - it's small, has a great collection of Rodin, in a classical-style building with some history of the university... More 

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