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Tours and Group Visits

Public Tours


Experience the Cantor Arts Center through one of free Public Tours.

Museum Tour Guidelines

Please confirm all tours with our Visitor Services staff when you check in at the information desk. Tours may be subject to change or cancellation.
  • Please remember to reserve your free day tickets before arriving at the museum.
  • Public Tours are first come, first served. They do not require separate advance registration.
  • All Public Tours are between forty-five minutes and one hour long, free of charge, and meet in the lobby unless otherwise noted.
  • If you have more than 10 visitors in your group, please register for either a Private Docent Tour or a Self-Guided Group Tour. Please see below for more information about scheduling Private and Self-Guided Group Tours.

Public Museum Tours

All tours meet in the Cantor lobby unless otherwise noted.


Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m.




Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.

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

Please note that 3:00 p.m. Highlights Tours will be on pause starting Sat., Nov. 18, 2023 and will resume on Sat., Jan. 27, 2024.

Special Exhibition Tours

Friday and Saturday, 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a special exhibition tour of Reality Makes Them Dream: American Photography 1929 - 1941. Now through Sat., Jul. 29. Meeting location: Freidenrich Gallery. First come first serve.



Public Campus Art Tours

Explore the Stanford campus and its distinguished collection of outdoor sculpture.
Dress for the weather and wear your walking shoes!
Help us preserve our artwork by refraining from touching outdoor sculpture.

Outdoor Sculpture Walk, Campus

1st and 4th Sunday of the month, 2:00 p.m.

Meet at the top of the Oval near the benches. This docent tour explores the extensive collection of outdoor sculpture in Stanford’s Quad and south campus. This tour lasts ninety (90) minutes.

Outdoor Sculpture Walk, Museum

2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month, 2:00 p.m.

Meet in the Cantor lobby. Learn from a trained docent as you walk among the diverse collection of outdoor sculpture surrounding the Cantor Arts Center.

Papua New Guinea Sculpture Walk

4th Sunday of the month, 11:30 a.m.

The Garden is currently closed for renovations. Tours will resume in January 2024.


Private Tours

School Group Tours (K-12)

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

Please use the form below to request your tour or visit.

Schedule a Docent-Led School Tour

Private Docent Tours

Celebrate the wide-ranging and diverse Cantor Arts Center collection with a highly trained docent as your guide. If you have special interests, please let us know when you schedule your tour.

Schedule a Private Docent Tour

Self-Guided Group Tours

Self-guided Group Tours allow you to lead your group of 10-20 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 Arts Center independently. Audio tours are currently not available.

Schedule a Self-Guided Tour

Stanford Class Tours

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

Request a Class Visit

Virtual Guided Visits

We are happy to offer your group a Virtual Guided Visit, conducted via Zoom. Virtual Guided Visits are always free. The Virtual Guided Visit may include a general tour of the museum and major highlights of the collection, and lasts 40 minutes (unless otherwise stated.) We offer Virtual Guided Visits for schools and community groups.

Virtual Guided Visit Hours

Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Pacific
Submit your Virtual Guided Visit request at least four weeks in advance. Virtual Guided Visits are not available on weekends.

Special Requests

If you have any special requests regarding your Virtual Guided Visit, please let us know and we will try to accommodate them, depending on availability. Please complete and submit the form below to request a Virtual Guided Visit of the museum.

Request Process

We ask that you submit your Virtual Guided Visit request at least four weeks in advance of your desired date. We will then send an email confirming that your date and time are available, and that your Virtual Guided Visit has been scheduled.

To request a virtual guided visit of the Anderson Collection, please visit this link.

Please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns you may have.