Cantor Arts Center

Located in the heart of Stanford University Campus, the Cantor Arts Center is worth the trip for many reasons.

First of all, the collection of Auguste Rodin bronzes, among the largest in the world outside Paris. The majority of the collection remains on the ground floor, occupying three galleries. Approximately 170 works by Rodin are on view inside the Center, mostly cast bronze, but also works in wax, plaster, and terra cotta. No need to go to Paris’ Rodin Museum to see The Gates of Hell, on which Rodin worked for two decades, on view outside in the Sculpture Garden and The Burghers of Calais nearby on campus. The Rodin Sculpture Garden is open all hours, with lighting for nighttime viewing. Admission is free. Also, free docent tours are organized three days a week, rain or shine.


The permanent collection is also interesting and diverse: from American and European art before 1900, to modern and contemporary art, Asian and Southeast Asian art and African art. Admission is free as well.


At last, the outdoor art collection includes important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present.  Sculptures from Moore, Calder, Lipchitz, Miro…, as well as 40 wood and stone carvings from Papua New Guinea, can be viewed all around Stanford Campus. The latest addition to the collection is a monumental sculpture by Richard Serra, Sequence, on view outdoors for the first time since its creation in 2006.

Cantor Arts Center

328 Lamina Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University

Admission is free.

Wednesday - Sunday, 11am-5pm (8pm on Thursday).

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Photo: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News