Engage Special Services

Request a Tour for Classes and Section Groups
The Cantor welcomes class meetings in its galleries, occasionally or on a regular basis. Providing advance notice of group visits will assure that your class is not interrupted by other touring groups, and that the collection area you wish to see is available. Contact the Tour Scheduler at 650-723-3469 to notify the Cantor of your plans.

Faculty, Teaching Fellows, and Teaching Assistants may request a directed discussion, led by curatorial staff or by advanced students, for their class. Discussions are available on site during open museum hours. Contact Kate Holohan, Coordinator of Academic Engagement, at 650-723-2699 or kholohan@stanford.edu.

View Artwork Not in the Galleries
Most of the Cantor's collections are in storage. These include holdings of works on paper—including more than 3700 prints, 1500 drawings, and 3300 photographs—as well as Asian scrolls, which can be exhibited only for short periods due to their sensitivity to light. By appointment, smaller classes, sections, seminar groups, and individual researchers may view works from storage.

  1. Make an appointment
    Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm. Requests should be submitted as early as possible. The room is reserved on a first-requested, first-served basis and availability is limited. Contact Kate Holohan, Coordinator of Academic Engagement, at 650-723-2699 or kholohan@stanford.edu to make an appointment. Classes must leave the building no later than 4:45 pm.
    NOTE: Please specify with your initial request whether you intend to conduct the class yourself or would like to collaborate with a museum staff to discuss the art on view with students. If the latter, the course syllabus, assignments, readings, or other information on the course is requested and can be forwarded once the initial reservation is confirmed.
  2. Identify works to be viewed: Database Access
    Initial searches of the museum's collection holdings can be made online at cantorcollections.stanford.edu. See below for specifics required by museum staff to provide works for viewing in person.
  3. Request to see specific works of art
    A full list of works of art to be brought from storage for viewing must be submitted (via email) well in advance of the visit. Works other than on paper may require more lead time or not be available for viewing. Items should be listed by: artist's name (when known), title, and accession number. It is suggested that no more than 10-12 works be viewed during an hour visit. Any exception to this limit should be discussed with the museum contact in advance.
  4. Prepare for your visit
    Artwork is viewed in a "dry" room for viewing artwork: pens or other ink, beverages, chewing gum, and food are prohibited. Backpacks can be left safely outside the seminar room. Laptop computers and handheld cameras may be used in the room; flash photography and video are prohibited.


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