Engage Special Services
Request a Tour for Classes and Section Groups
The Cantor welcomes class meetings in its galleries, occasionally or on a regular basis. Providing advance notice of group visits will assure that your class is not interrupted by other touring groups, and that the collection area you wish to see is available. Contact the Tour Scheduler at 650-723-3469 to notify the Cantor of your plans.
Faculty, Teaching Fellows, and Teaching Assistants may request a directed discussion, led by curatorial staff or by advanced students, for their class. Discussions are available on site during open museum hours as well as on Tuesdays. Contact Kate Mendillo, Assistant Curator for Collections Engagement, at 650-736-6997 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plan a Private Function at the Center
Stanford University groups may reserve areas of the Cantor for private functions such as receptions or dinners. For more information, refer to Private Events or contact the Special Events Coordinator at 650-725-7304 or email@example.com.
View Artwork Not in the Galleries
Most of the Center's collections are in storage. These include holdings of works on paper—including more than 3700 prints, 1500 drawings, and 3300 photographs—as well as Asian scrolls, which can be exhibited only for short periods due to their sensitivity to light. By appointment, smaller classes, sections, seminar groups, and individual researchers may view works from storage in the Tanenbaum Seminar Room.
- Make an appointment to reserve the room
The Tanenbaum Seminar Room is available Monday-Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm by appointment. Requests for seminar room use should be submitted as early as possible, and no later than one week before the date requested. The room is reserved on a first-requested, first-served basis and its availability is limited. From your Stanford email address, send your room request and all other correspondence regarding your visit to: cactanenbaum [at] lists.stanford.edu. Classes must leave the building no later than 4:45 pm.
NOTE: Please specify with your initial request whether you intend to conduct the class yourself or would like to collaborate with a museum curator to discuss the art on view with students. If the latter, the course syllabus, assignments, readings, or other information on the course is requested and can be forwarded once the initial reservation is confirmed.
- Identify works to be viewed: Database Access
Initial searches of the museum's collection holdings can be made online at cantorcollections.stanford.edu. See below for specifics required by museum staff to provide works for viewing in person.
- Request to see specific works of art
A full list of works of art to be brought from storage for viewing must be submitted (via email) at least 2-3 weekdays (M-F) in advance of the visit. Works other than on paper may require more lead time or not be available for viewing. Items should be listed by: artist's name (when known), title, and accession number. It is suggested that no more than 10-12 works be viewed during an hour visit. Any exception to this limit should be discussed with the museum contact in advance.
- Prepare for your visit
The Tanenbaum Seminar Room is a "dry" room for viewing artwork: pens or other ink, beverages, chewing gum, and food are prohibited. Backpacks can be left safely in the corridor outside the seminar room. Laptop computers and handheld cameras may be used in the room; flash photography and video are prohibited.
The Tanenbaum Seminar Room is located in the curatorial office area of the museum. Access is through the staff entrance ("Offices") located on the side of the building, directly behind Rodin's Gates of Hell, via a sidewalk ramp from Lomita Drive. All persons visiting the room will sign in with the receptionist and obtain a visitor's badge. Allow time for this check-in when planning your visit.