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Tours and Group Visits

Museum Tour Guidelines

  • Public Tours do not require registration.
  • All tours are one hour long, free of charge, and meet in the Atrium unless otherwise noted.
  • Scheduled visits are required for groups of more than 10 visitors (not to exceed 40).
  • Private Docent Tour and School Group Tour requests must be scheduled no less than six weeks in advance of the requested date.
  • Self-Guided Tour requests must be scheduled no less than two weeks in advance of the requested date.
  • One adult chaperone is required for every 10 children under age 18.
  • Please use links to schedule all Private and Self-Guided Tours.

Private Tours

School Group Tours (K-12)

The Cantor Art Center welcomes all grade levels to enhance their classroom curriculum by touring the Museum's extensive collection and special exhibitions.

Schedule a Docent or Self-Guided Tour (see Self-Guided Group Tours) for your group of 10 to 40 students.

Schedule a Docent-Led School Tour

Private Docent Tours

Celebrate the wide-ranging and diverse Cantor Art Center collection with a highly trained docent as your guide. Would your group of 10-40 visitors enjoy a sweeping overview or a focus on an area of special interest? Choose from a number of options when you schedule!

Schedule a Private Docent Tour

Self-Guided Group Tours

Self-guided tours allow you to lead your group of 10-40 visitors through the Museum at your own pace. Whether you are a family, school, professional, or social group, access our maps and your own curiosity to experience the Cantor Art Center independently. Audio tours are currently not available.

Schedule a Self-Guided Tour

Stanford Class Tours

Professors are invited to bring their classes to the Cantor Art Center for tours and special class sessions. Before visiting the Cantor, All Stanford classes must register via the Academic Programs page.

Academic Programs

Public Tours

Experience the Cantor Art Center through one of our several drop-in Public Tours available every Wednesday through Sunday. Please confirm all tours with our Visitor Services staff as tours may be subject to change.

Find Out About Upcoming Public Tours

Museum Tours

Rodin

This installation spans three galleries and the Rodin Sculpture Garden, featuring nearly 100 sculptures representing Rodin’s groundbreaking engagement with the human body. The largest collection of sculptures by Rodin in an American museum, it also presents comparative works by his rivals, mentors, admirers, and imitators.

Public Tours: Sunday at 3 pm, Wednesdays at 2 pm, Saturday at 11:30 am

Highlights

Explore the Cantor's collections and special exhibitions with a docent who will lead you through a selection of works from different cultures and time periods. Conversation and curiosity is encouraged!

Public Tours: Wednesday through Sunday at 1 pm

Special Exhibitions

See our Special Exhibitions for information on tour days and times.

Anderson Collection

Housed adjacent to the Cantor Art Center, the Anderson Collection is one of the world’s most outstanding private assemblies of modern and contemporary American art. Docent, Self-Guided, and School Group Tours are available. All Cantor Tour Guidelines apply.

Public Tours: Sunday at 2:30 pm, Wednesday at 12:30 pm, Saturday at 2:30 pm

Special Focus Public Tours: Saturday and Sunday at 12:30

Schedule a Tour of the Anderson Collection

Campus Art Tours

Dress for the weather and wear your walking shoes!

Help us preserve our artwork by refraining from touching outdoor sculpture.

Outdoor Sculpture Walks

Explore the Stanford campus and its distinguished collection of outdoor sculpture.

Outdoor Sculpture Walk, Campus

This docent tour explores the extensive collection of 20th century outdoor sculpture in Stanford’s Quad and south campus.

Meet at the entrance to the Main Quad where The Oval meets Serra Street.

Public Tours: First Sunday of each month from 2 pm – 3:30 pm, rain or shine.
 

Outdoor Sculpture Walk, Museum

Learn from a trained docent as you walk among the diverse collection of outdoor sculpture surrounding the Cantor Art Center.

Meet at the entrance to the museum.

Public Tours: Third Sunday of each month at 11:30 am, rain or shine.

Papua New Guinea Sculpture Walk

Created on-site at Stanford by artists from Papua New Guinea, the garden contains wood and stone carvings of people, animals, and magical beings that illustrate clan stories and creation myths.

Meet on the corner of Santa Teresa and Lomita Drive.

Public Tours: Third Sunday of each month at 2 pm, rain or shine.

Other Campus Tours

Memorial Church

Stone carvings, mosaics, and stained glass make Stanford Memorial Church the University’s architectural crown jewel. It was one of the earliest, and is still among the most prominent, interdenominational churches in the West.

Meet at the church entrance in the Main Quad.

Public Tours: Friday at 1 pm, last Sunday of the month at 11:15 am.

Windhover

A docent tour of Stanford’s spiritual and meditative refuge. The tour will include information about the concept behind the physical structure and an in-depth look at the Windhover series by Nathan Oliveira featured in the building.

Meet at the Windhover entrance, located on Santa Teresa Street at Sam Morris Way

Public Tours: Saturdays at 11 am.

Hanna House

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s for Jean and Paul Hanna, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated by the American Institute of Architects as one of 17 buildings by Mr. Wright that exemplify his contribution to American culture.

For information and to book a Hanna House tour, call 650-725-8352 or visit their website.