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Review of Cantor Arts Center

Cantor Arts Center
Ranked #2 of 41 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.
Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Rodin collection itself is worth a trip from anywhere in California if you are visiting. And the fabulous (to locals, at least!) Jesse Cool's small cafe adjacent to the outdoor sculpture garden is a terrific place for an informal lunch.

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Cantor Art Center is an awesome delightful FREE museum. If you like art (and if your reading this I know you do!) and eye googling the marvelous and wonderful. This is the place for you. Something for everyone. A bit of bit form all history and the cover all the continents. I am the type of person who will look at everything from the marble staircases to the trim on the walls to the type of wood/metal on the handrails. When I went they had the gates to hell exhibit. I found delightful. Did I mention it was free? I found the whole experience outstanding.

1  Thank Tony K
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

As a local, I had visted the garden exhibit of Rodin many times over the years, but never managed to be there when the museum was open. Finally I went with a visiting friend, and was delighted to discover even more Rodin: smaller sculptures and partial, concept pieces.
When you go, don't forget to walk the short distance to the courtyard in front of Memorial Church where the Burghers of Callais are displayed as a group.
This is truly a Rodin collection to compete with that in Paris or Philadelphia.

Thank M0Maren
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

Imposing building, inside was divided by the donations of the various collectors so it didn't really feel well organized.

Most of the collections were well short of world-class, apart from the small Egyptian collection which included a funereal boat that should never have been allowed out of Egypt but overall it was an interesting visit.

The Rodin collection, exhibited both outside and inside, was very large and also world-class. It was worth a visit on its own if you like Rodin, which we don't.

We were most taken with the driftwood horse, cast in bronze, in a corner of the main entrance hall, as well as the vast, classical entrance hall itself.

Entrance is free and at the weekends parking is also free.

Thank exotissima1
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

This is a gem of a museum with an outstanding collection representing much of the world's art: Asian, African, Pacific Rim, European, American. The Rodin collection, both inside with smaller statues, and outdoors in the Rodin Sculpture Garden is truly remarkable. Each time I visit I am amazed. Highly recommended.

1  Thank SuzanneGrecophile
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