Stanford University is located 35 miles southeast of San Francisco and 20 miles northwest of San Jose on 8,180 acres in the heart of the Silicon Valley.

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Arizona Cactus Garden

The Arizona Cactus Garden, located near the Mausoleum in the Arboretum, was planted in the 1880s by the Stanfords, adjacent to the site of their proposed residence at the Palo Alto Stock Farm. The home was never built, and the garden was abandoned during WWII. It is now being restored. The garden, filled with cacti and succulents, is open daily to the public at no charge.

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts

After its 10-year closure by earthquake damage, the museum at Stanford has been renovated, expanded and reopened as the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts. The Cantor Arts Center includes the historic museum building, a new 42,000-square-foot wing, collections and special exhibitions on view in 24 galleries, an enhanced Rodin Sculpture Garden and other new outdoor sculpture garden areas. The new wing provides galleries for special exhibitions and the Center's collection of modern and contemporary art, an auditorium, café and bookstore.

Campus Sculpture

Stanford has an extensive collection of outdoor art throughout campus. Among more than 70 sculptures are works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, George Segal and Joan Miro. Stone River by Andy Goldworthy, Miwok by Mark di Sovero and Three Sentinels by Beverly Pepper are among the newest sculptures on campus. The Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden features the carving methods, cultural traditions and mythological heritage of the Kwoma and Iatmul people of Papua New Guinea. The B. Gerald Cantor Rodin Sculpture Garden contains more than 20 works by Auguste Rodin, including Gates of Hell.

Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery

The newly reopened Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, part of the Department of Art & Art History, houses studio art classes and offers exhibits featuring Stanford students and faculty members.

Hoover Tower

This 285-foot landmark offers views of campus, the foothills and the Santa Clara Valley. The Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover rooms contain documents and memorabilia from the Hoovers' lives and travels. The observation deck is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed during finals, the first week of class, some holidays and academic breaks. The Tower houses a carillon of 48 bells.

Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion

The Pavilion, located next to Hoover Tower, has changing exhibits. Posters, photos, and videos from the Hoover Institution Archives document aspects of modern history.

Stanford Memorial Church

The dominant architectural feature of the Main Quadrangle, Memorial Church was dedicated in 1903 in memory of Leland Stanford and has been non-sectarian since its inception. One especially striking feature of the church is the brilliant mosaic covering the interior walls and depicting scenes from the Hebrew Bible. The stained glass windows depict scenes from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. The church features some 20,000 shades of color in the tile mosaics, 34 shades of pink alone in the cheeks of the four angels in the dome. Memorial Church features four organs, including the Fisk-Nanney organ, which has 73 ranks and 4,332 pipes.

The Dish

The 150-foot diameter radio telescope, located in a habitat conservation area in the Stanford foothills, is a popular destination for about 300,000 hikers annually. Known simply as "the Dish," it was constructed in the 1960s to probe the scattering properties of the Earth's ionosphere. It weighs 300,000 pounds and is owned and maintained by SRI International.

Rosenberg Athletic Hall of Fame Room

The Sydney and Theodore Rosenberg Athletic Hall of Fame Room in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center honors Stanford athletes. Trophies, pictures and memorabilia dating from the university's founding are on display.

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)

Stanford has operated this 426-acre facility since 1962, including a two-mile-long linear accelerator, for the U.S. Department of Energy. Dedicated to research in high-energy physics and synchrotron radiation programs, SLAC provides facilities for more than 3,000 scientists. Using the B Factory, physicists are studying why we live in a matter-dominated universe. At the Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, researchers use x-rays for research in areas ranging from biomedicine to environmental remediation.



For further information, please ask the Visitor Information Services (VIS) on the Campus of Stanford:

The Visitor Information Services (VIS) center is located in Memorial Auditorium. Visitors may obtain parking passes, maps and information at this location. VIS provides one-hour campus walking tours free to the public each day at 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.- except during the winter break and on some holidays - starting at Memorial Auditorium. Private walking tours for groups of 10 or more may be arranged by calling (650) 725-3335 at least two weeks in advance. VIS also offers golf-cart tours each day at 1 p.m., except during finals, the first week of class and academic breaks. These tours are $5 per person, and reservations are required. Call VIS for tour and parking information and driving directions at (650) 723-2560. Visitors interested in information about undergraduate admission or tours for prospective students are encouraged to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (650) 723-2091.