Best Art Museums in Silicon Valley

Museums in San Jose & Silicon Valley
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The Silicon Valley region may be best known for science and technology but the region has several places to see world-class art.

Here are the six best art museums in San Jose and Silicon Valley.

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University


The Cantor Arts Center has a large and diverse collection of art, building on the historic collections of Leland Stanford, Jr., founder of Stanford University. This world-renowned university art museum has one of the largest collections of works by Auguste Rodin outside Paris, including 20 major works in the Rodin Sculpture Garden. The Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden contains 40 wood and stone carvings of people, animals, and magical beings. The museum offers various free docent-led tours on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Address: 328 Lomita Dr, Palo Alto. Hours: Wednesday - Monday, 11am - 5pm. Thursday 11am - 8pm. Admission: Free.

Anderson Collection at Stanford University

Modern and contemporary art on the campus of Stanford University. The museum offers free docent-led tours on Wednesdays at 12:30pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30pm and 2:30pm.

Address: 314 Lomita Drive, Palo Alto. Hours: Wednesday through Monday, 11am - 5pm. Thursday 11am - 8pm. Admission: Free.

San Jose Museum of Art

A modern and contemporary art museum in the heart of Downtown San Jose. The museum focuses on rotating exhibits from West Coast artists and creatives around the world. Be sure to check out the three colorful blown glass chandeliers by famous American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly on display in the front lobby.

Address: 110 South Market Street, San Jose. Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Admission: Adults: $10, Seniors: $8, Students with ID: $6, Children 7-17: $5, Children 6 and under: Free.

Triton Museum of Art

The Triton Museum collects and exhibits contemporary and historical works with a focus on San Francisco Bay Area artists. The museum offers studio arts classes for children and adults.

Address: 1505 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 5pm. Every third Thursday 11am to 8pm. Sunday, 12pm to 4pm. Admission: Free.

Peninsula Museum of Art

A modern and contemporary art museum with five galleries for rotating exhibits and 29 artist working studios. The museum emphasizes the work of local San Francisco Bay Area artists and offers public studio art classes for children and adults.

Address: 1777 California Ave, Burlingame. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am - 5pm. Admission: Free.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

A truly unique small art collection in Downtown San Jose devoted to the preservation of historic quilting traditions and evolution of fiber arts. The designs and craft process often feature contemporary social and technological themes.

Address: 520 S 1st St, San Jose. Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 12am to 5pm. Admission: $8. Seniors/Students: $6.50, Children 12 and under, free.

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