Museum History Interactive Timeline

1891Founding of Leland Stanford Jr. University
1894Leland Stanford Jr. Museum opens to the public
1906Historic earthquake destroys two-thirds of the building and museum collection
1945Neglected museum closes
1953Establishment of Committee for Art, volunteer membership organization
1963Professor Lorenz Eitner, new chair of the art department, revives museum
1985Establishment of B. Gerald Cantor Rodin Sculpture Garden
1989Loma Prieta earthquake severely damages museum, which then closes to the public
1991University rebuilds the museum, hires its first full-time director, Thomas K. Seligman
1999Revitalized museum reopens as Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts
watchVideo about the reconstruction of the museum