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“Wonderful local day excursion -- with the kids or without” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cantor Arts Center

Cantor Arts Center
Lomita Dr. and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
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Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Palo Alto
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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 Jose, California
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“Wonderful local day excursion -- with the kids or without”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

There is a surprisingly large collection of beautiful art. If you live relatively close to Stanford, it is a great way to spend half a day doing something fun and educational, with the kids or without.

Visited July 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Rodin and Serra!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

One of my favorite pieces by Richard Serra is "Sequence". I specifically went to the museum to see this piece and was surprised by the number of Rodin's owned by the museum.

The larger Rodin pieces are located outside and can be visited anytime and include "The Gates of Hell" as well as a number of the larger individual statues. Rodin's work is exceptional. I find something new in them each time I see one.

The Serra can only be visited when the museum is open, but is well worth the entry fee. When installed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, it was indoors. I hadn't realized what a difference location would make to such a large installation. The name Sequence fits much better in this outdoor location. Shadows and light play off the sides as you wander around inside the piece. The thick steel walls curve and tilt, which adds interest. The steel itself responds to the weather, changing shading.

There are quite a few of Rodin's smaller pieces inside the museum, and well worth seeing.

We were on a short schedule and unable to see much more of the museum. We would like to go back and see the other paintings and artwork available.

Visited November 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“Great small museum with more than Rodins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

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.

Visited January 2013
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Auburn, Washington
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“Enjoyable for museum buffs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

An eclectic collection of paintings, sculptures and artifacts in addition to information on the history of Sanford University and the local area. A nice way to spend the afternoon if you are in the area with time to kill.

Visited November 2012
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Redwood City, California
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“Excellent Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012


Wonderful exibits and Programs
Docent led tours
Close to Downtown Palo Alto
Nice to see when you go to see Stanford univeristy

Visited December 2012
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