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Cantor Arts Center

The Cantor offers an impressive selection of classic and contemporary art installed in a unique blend of beautiful galleries and open spaces.

North lawn at Cantor

A great plan for the holidays

We offer free, all-day reservations and careful policies for a safe and memorable visit. Come to the Cantor in the morning, then stop by to visit our next-door neighbors at the Anderson Collection. They offer free, all-day reservations too!

Make this an experience of classic and contemporary art in the mid peninsula!

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Explore our exhibitions, enjoy a stroll through the lawns and discover a whole new way to experience art with family and friends.

On View at the Cantor

Learn more about what's on view

Paper Chase:

Ten Years of Collecting Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Cantor

This much-anticipated installation features more than 100 works on paper, many that have never before been exhibited at the Cantor, including multiple works by major artists from a host of different cultures, backgrounds, and countries


Yinka Shonibare:

The American Library

This work consists of six thousand books wrapped in Dutch wax-print fabric and embossed with the names of immigrants and migrants who have made a significant impact on American culture.

In-gallery view of Yinka Shonibare's "The American Library" at the Cantor

Ian Cheng: Emissary Sunsets the Self

Ian Cheng: Emissary Sunsets The Self explores cognitive evolution and the conditions that shape it. Created with a video game engine, the work generates open-ended animations without fixed outcomes—a format the artist calls “live simulation.”

Still from Emissary Sunsets The Self, 2017. Live simulation and story.

The Melancholy Museum

Using over 700 items from the Stanford Family Collections, artist Mark Dion’s exhibition explores how Leland Stanford Jr.’s death at age 15 led to the creation of a museum, university, and—by extension—the entire Silicon Valley.

Exhibitions Coming Soon

And a sneak peek of what’s coming to the Cantor

The Marmor Collection: Bruce Nauman

Conceptual artist Bruce Nauman created the five-silkscreen set Studies for Holograms in 1970, at a moment when he took a boundary-breaking turn toward new technology.

A Loaded Camera: Gordon Parks

An exhibition celebrating work by groundbreaking African American artist Gordon Parks, who used his camera to confront racism and  also represent creativity and endurance.

Open in Person and Online

The Cantor is open to the public at 100% indoor capacity. Free, all-day reservations are required for all visitors, including members. Get yours here.

You can also explore Stanford art museums from the comfort of your home in Museums From Home.

Museums From Home: Watch, read, listen and explore Stanford art museums from home.


The Cantor Arts Center is located at the intersection of Museum Way and Lomita Drive in the heart of the arts district on the Stanford campus. The Cantor faces the Bing Concert Hall across Palm Drive, northwest of The Oval and the Main Quad.

328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way
Stanford, CA 94305-5060

How to Get Here


Parking is limited. Stanford has a new contactless process to pay for parking, using the ParkMobile app, website, or phone. Prior to your visit, we recommend you visit the Stanford Transportation website to learn more about the updated visitor parking process.

Parking Rates and Map
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