Stanford University's very own museum, the Cantor Arts Center, displays works from all over the world, spanning 4,000…More years of art history. Completely free to visit, Cantor offers constantly changing exhibitions, tours, classes and special events.
The Leland Stanford, Jr. Museum was founded in 1894, shortly after the University was founded in 1891, and thus has deep roots in the school's history. The early founding reflects the Stanfords' dedication to the arts. The Stanford family would travel the world collecting objects of art and cultural interest to display in the museum. In 1999, the museum was renamed the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts.
Highly integrated with the Art & Art History Department, student works are often showcased. The museum serves as a place for rich and diverse educational opportunities for students and faculty, but also always opens its doors to the public. In 2005, the Center celebrated its one-millionth visitor.
Since 1990, the Museum of American Heritage has provided permanent and special exhibitions of 19th and 20th century…More inventions and technology for no admission charge. The museum debuts a new special exhibit about every four months and group tours are available for a small fee. It also offers lectures and classes in addition to hands-on programs for middle school students.
Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo 1451 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA94301 For kids under 10 and their caregivers, the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo is a hands-on science class. The zoo has…More more than 50 animal species including bobcats and hedgehogs, and the museum has 14 interactive exhibits to teach concepts like gravity and motion. It also hosts birthday parties in a private room for kindergarteners and up, and have educational programs for schools and community groups.
The Rodin Sculpture Garden was created as a dedication to B. Gerald Cantor, the primary donor of the Cantor Art…More Center's Rodin Collection, which consists of 200 works of art by French sculptor Aguste Rodin (1840-1917). It is home to the largest Rodin collection outside of France. Most of the collection is indoors in the center galleries, but 20 bronze sculptures are outside for display including the well-known sculptures "The Gates of Hell" and "The Thinker." There is free admission to the museum and garden. The garden has lighting for nighttime viewing and parking is free after 4pm.
This garden is part of the Cantor Arts Center, a fine-arts museum with a wide range of exhibitions of art history from around the world. The Cantor Arts Center provides free, docent-led tours of the garden and galleries. To schedule a free private group (10-40 people) tour of the Rodin collection or Stanford's outdoor sculptures call 650-723-3469. Please schedule six weeks in advance.
Woman's Club of Palo Alto 475 Homer Ave, Palo Alto, CA94301 The Woman's Club of Palo Alto is a members-only organization that supports the Palo Alto community and fosters…More friendships among members. Recipients of its philanthropic activities have included the Palo Alto Police Foundation, the Palo Alto History Museum and the Support Network for Battered Women. In addition, they rent their charming clubhouse for weddings and events for up to 150 seated guests.
Rinconada Park 777 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA94303 EStablished in 1922, Rinconada Park is a nineteen acre public park featuring a municipal pool, the Lucie Stern…More Community Center, the Junior Museum, a zoo, two playgrounds, jogging and walking paths, nine tennis courts and picnic areas.
Sikh Foundation 580 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA94306 The Sikh Foundation is a non-profit charity group dedicated to promoting the future and heritage of Sikhism. The group's…More activities include academic courses and conferences as well as chairs of Sikh studies at numerous universities. The group also organizes Sikh art exhibitions and establishes permanent art galleries at major museums.
Spencer Associates 2100 Geng Rd, Palo Alto, CA94303 Founded in 1927, Spencer Associates is an architectural firm specializing in environmental, civic, educational and…More museum and visitor center designs. The firm's manging partner is Steven S. Bowers. Call for more information.