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“Small but elegant”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cantor Arts Center

Cantor Arts Center
Ranked #2 of 38 things to do in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
San Francisco
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322 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Small but elegant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2012

This is a very tiny museum as museums go, with a few permanent collections connected to Stanford University. The special exhibits are outstanding and mounted regularly. You go for those, not to browse the regular exhibits.

Visited April 2012
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Mountain View, California
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“Love Coming Here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2012

I really like this museum! They have some cool exhibits, and of course the Rodin collection is absolutely magnificent. I also love all the stuff from the Stanford family. Too cool!

It's important to remember, especially for the social scientists and humanists on campus, that the museum is framed as an art museum, not an ethnographic or science museum, so the more culturally-oriented galleries can seem somewhat thin or decontextualized. You have to appreciate the contents presented as they are, as art objects.

I love that they're free, and I just wish they were open on Mondays or Tuesdays. You know it's a good thing when your only real complaint is that you wish they were open *more!*

Visited September 2011
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NORTHVILLE
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“Museum Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2012

Great Rodin sculptures both inside and outdoors at the museum plus the Red Room which gives info about the Stanford family.

Visited April 2012
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Mountain View, California
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“Rodin”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2012

Love the Rodin sculptures and the modern art room. I take my kids every once in a while. It is nice to get on the Stanford campus too.

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San Francisco, California
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“Better than SFMOMA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2012

I love Cantor Arts Center!! This is definitely a hidden gem for visitors to Palo Alto and residences alike.

Visited December 2011
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