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“Wonderful local museum”
Review of Cantor Arts Center

Cantor Arts Center
Ranked #2 of 31 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 November 9, 2015

What a treasure to have this magnificent museum on campus. This is one of my favorite 'go to places' where I take out of town guests. It is also fun to view new exhibits, always of utmost quality.

Thank BonBrit123
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Reviewed November 6, 2015

There a nice mix of periods here and styles, a nice little buffet of tidbits, that clearly show a collectors taste. Exactly the right size for a short but meaningful visit. I liked the early modern Paintings especially.

Thank Ken A
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Reviewed October 31, 2015

When Mr and Mrs Stanford founded their university in honor of their late son, they also created a museum. It contains a mixture of Stanford memorabilia, such as the Golden Spike Mr Stanford used to complete the trans-continental railroad, and world class art work such as Rodin's Thinker and his Gates of Hell. There are also rotating exhibitions. It is all laid out very well and I found there to be helpful and very knowledgeable docents to answer questions. Even if you cannot get to the museum during its opening hours, the Gates of Hell is displayed outside on the end of the museum closest to the university. You can walk up and look at it at any time.

Thank JeffP2
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Reviewed October 28, 2015

If you visit the Bay area, take time to go on a weekend to the Cantor Arts Center!! Wonderful collections which can be enjoyed within two floors of art. The museum is "free" and overall on weekends you can park your car around and also is free. Open 6 days a week from 11am to 5pm Wed-Mon and Thurs 11am to 8pm. Museum closed on Mondays! There is a coat room so one can leave backpacks or large bags (not allowed inside museum) while you visit the museum. It could take a good 2-3 hrs to see the entire museum . Photos are allowed, no flash,no selfie sticks or tripods anywhere. Weekends free family tours. Overall this is the place to learn and understand how the Stanford family created the museum and the university!!

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Reviewed October 25, 2015

Our family has an ancestor who helped to build the Transcontinental Railroad, and we found out that the Cantor Arts Center has a Stanford Family Room in which the final Golden Spike is displayed. We were fortunate to visit on a Sunday, when there is free parking and free admission, and relived a part of our own family history by seeing the spike in person. You can clearly read the engraving, and appreciate the sacrifice of the thousands of nameless Chinese and other nationalities who toiled in terrible conditions to complete one of the marvels of the modern world.

The Center also houses the largest Rodin collection outside of Paris.

Thank RAINBOW1
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