Cantor Arts Center Launches New Second Sundays for Families

Stanford, Calif.—The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University announces a new Family Sundays program. Second Sundays, launching October 9, is a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making, and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages.

The Cantor invites families to a day of wonder and learning at the museum. Explore the galleries and participate in programs designed to help families look and think about art in new ways. Curiosity is encouraged.

The day is designed to be flexible with no registration required, no standing in line and no waitlists. Families can plan a unique museum experience and join the activities in which they are most interested.

Second Sundays occurs on the second Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highlights include:

Spotlights: Explore art objects in the galleries with a docent. Spotlights emphasize the role of adults as learning partners with children and encourage inspiration and art making in the Drop-in Studio.

Drop-in Studio: Experiment with art materials and new techniques by participating in a hands-on art making experience. All visitors, regardless of age, ability, or familiarity with the creative process, are encouraged to participate. Registration is not required and visitors can work at their own pace.

Art Packs: Check out an Art Pack that includes themed activities for visitors of all ages and materials for sketching while visiting the galleries.

Highlights Guide for Families: Explore the museum at your own pace with a little help from a curated list of family-friendly highlights in the museum collection.

The Cantor offers additional opportunities for families every day that the museum is open (Wednesday through Monday). Art Packs for drawing in the galleries are always available, and there are many things to see and do outdoors. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon enjoying works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin in the Cantor’s Rodin Sculpture Garden. Climb the stairs to the rooftop of the neighboring McMurtry Building––home to the Art & Art History Department––to see an incredible aerial view of the museum and the Stanford University campus.

For more information about Second Sundays and the Cantor’s other family programming, please visit

Family programming at the Cantor is made possible through the generous support of Bank of the West.

About the Cantor Arts Center
There is so much to discover at the Cantor Arts Center. From Africa to the Americas to Asia––from classical to contemporary––take a journey around the world. Experience collections spanning the history of art, a world-renown Rodin collection, over 20 changing exhibitions every year, frequent tours and free programs. Visit 24 expansive galleries and sculpture gardens. Admission is always free for everyone.

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is a vital and dynamic institution with a venerable history. Founded with the university in 1891, the historic museum was expanded and renamed for lead donors Iris and B. Gerald Cantor in 1999.

The museum’s encyclopedic collection spans 5,000 years, includes more than 45,000 artworks and beckons visitors to travel across the globe and through time—from Africa to the Americas to Asia, from classical antiquity to the present day. Supporting the Stanford academic community and drawing art lovers and campus visitors from around the world, the Cantor one of the most well-attended university art museums in the country and a great resource for teaching and research.

Visitor information
The Cantor Arts Center is open six days a week, Wednesday–Monday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m.; closed Tuesday. Admission is free. The Cantor is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Parking is free after 4 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends and major holidays.

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Visitor Information: 650-723-4177

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