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Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

328 Lomita Drive

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Formerly the Leland Stanford Jr. Art Museum, the Cantor Center was re-opened in 1999 after being extensively damaged in two earthquakes. Visitors should definitely check out the Rodin sculpture garden, which contains 20 bronzes, and the center’s excellent collection of ancient Mediterranean, Asian, African, and Native American art. The modern and contemporary American art collection is also recommended.

Cantor Arts Center Information

  • Public Transportation: Good (the local transit hub for bus and train services at Stanford is the Palo Alto Caltrain Station)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Admission: Free
  • Tours: Multiple public tours are offered throughout the week. All meet in the main lobby unless otherwise specified. These include an introduction to the Cantor Arts Center, the Outdoor Sculpture Walk, the B. Gerald Cantor Rodin Sculpture Garden and Rodin Gallery tour, and tours of changing exhibitions. The museum also offers tours of other attractions on the complex, such as the Stanford Memorial Church and the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden
  • Membership: Individual memberships are $60 annually and include invitations to opening receptions for major exhibitions, the center’s newsletter and monthly calendar, art-related travel opportunities, and access to art study groups.