The Museum was first opened in 1894, and after surviving damage twice by earthquakes and a period of neglect, was restored and revitalized into its current venue in 1999.
Covering 5,000 years of art history, collections include a large number of Rodin bronzes. Two large galleries are devoted to pre-1900 European and American art, roughly divided into British, Dutch, French, and Italian areas, monumental California landscapes, and works on paper.
Several galleries and outdoor space are devoted to modern and contemporary art focusing on early 20th-century sculpture and Bay Area art. Exhibits also include works from Asia, Africa, Oceania, the Native Americas, and a Stanford Family collection that encompasses 5,000 works.
Works focus attention on issues of migration and transnational identity
Highlights the importance of nature amid industrialization
Work blurs the lines between art, journalism, entrepreneurship, and cultural critique
Monumental installation of 5 hanging sculptures offer a rare look at cutting-edge art and physics
Installation investigates how objects and language can shift away from their intended uses