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The Cantor Arts Center's diverse collections span continents, cultures and 4,000 years of art history.
The imposing facade—columns and all—of the art museum on the Stanford campus houses an impressive permanent collection of Native American, ancient, 19th-century and modern art, plus a significant sampling of Rodin sculptures. The museum also hosts major traveling shows of individual artists and intriguing group exhibits. Best of all, the museum (open Wednesday–Sunday) is free to all.
The outdoor walkway includes a collection of 20 Rodins, especially the monumental Gate of Hell, capped by a small version of the original figure that became The Thinker. Here is the largest collection of work by this titanic sculptor outside of Paris. The Cantor's grounds also boast a 320-foot-long sculpture by environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, a stone river called, appropriately, Stone River, made of sandstone debris from the earthquakes that rocked the university twice in the last century. And near Roble Hall is a Papua New Guinea sculpture garden, featuring fantastic standing figures some 40 of them carved on-site by 10 artists from the Sepik River region.