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The Anderson Collection

Musicians in the Andersen collection

 

Stanford University is the home to the core of the Anderson Collection, one of the world’s most outstanding private assemblies of modern and contemporary American art.

Cactus Garden

Cactus garden

 

The garden was designed for Jane and Leland Stanford by landscape architect Rudolf Ulrich between 1881 and 1883. During the early years of the university, the Cactus Garden became the meeting place for many courting Stanford students.

Cantor Arts Center

Families at Cantor

 

The Cantor Arts Center’s diverse collections span continents, cultures, and 4,000 years of art history and include the largest gathering of Rodin bronzes outside Paris. Come see a wide range of changing exhibitions and take advantage of docent tours, lectures, gallery talks, symposia, classes, and special events.

David Rumsey Map Center

Cantor

 

A collections-based resource designed to provide access to cartographic information in all of its forms, from paper to digital.

Dish Hiking Trail

students with masks by the dish

 

This popular recreational area for hiking and jogging is open to the public from approximately sunrise to sunset throughout the year.

Dog-friendly Trails around Stanford

dog hiking backpack

This site features over 13 miles of trails on or near campus that are open to leashed dogs. Please be respectful and come prepared with water and garbage bags to cleanup after your pet.

Frost Amphitheater & Stanford Live

Frost with crowd

 

Stanford Live presents a wide range of the finest performances from around the world fostering a vibrant learning community and providing distinctive experiences through the performing arts.

Hanna House

Hanna House

 

The Hanna Honeycomb House has been designated by the American Institute of Architects as one of 17 buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright that exemplify his contribution to American culture. To visit the house, please reserve your spot in a guided tour.

Hoover Tower

Enjoy a panoramic view of the Stanford campus and the surrounding Bay Area from the Hoover Tower observation platform.

Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve

Image of a group walking across a bridge ina

 

The 1,189 acre Preserve provides a natural laboratory for researchers from all over the world, educational experiences to students and docent-led visitors, and refuge to native plants and animals. 

Memorial Church

Stanford Memorial Church

 

Explore Memorial Church and its fascinating history, including stories of its endurance through two damaging earthquakes.

O’Donohue Family Farm

Group education at the farm

 

The educational farm is Stanford's home for hands-on learning in sustainable agriculture.

Papua New Guinea Sculpture Walk

Papua New Guinea

 

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.

Perimeter Trail

The Stanford Perimeter Trail is part of a partnership between Stanford and Palo Alto to create a set of hiking and biking trails connecting recreational areas in the foothills to those in the Palo Alto Baylands.

Rodin Sculpture Garden

Statues on campus

 

The Rodin Sculpture Garden is open all hours, with lighting for nighttime viewing.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Tours include a visit to the lab’s 2 mile linear accelerator, and are offered for visitors 12 years of age and above. Tours may also be reserved for school groups. Advance reservations required.

Stanford Campus Nature Walk

A self-guiding podcast tour of plants, animals, and science art on the Stanford Campus.