Arts Venues & Facilities

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About the Arts at Stanford

Students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff , and the larger community are experiencing the arts on the Stanford campus in new ways—and in new and renovated facilities across campus—thanks in large part to the arts district developing around the Oval and Palm Drive.

The arts district is anchored by the historic Cantor Arts Center, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford Art Gallery, and Frost Amphitheater. New facilities in the district include Bing Concert Hall (2013), the Anderson Collection at Stanford University (2014), and the McMurtry Building for the Department of Art and Art History, which includes the Coulter Art Gallery (2015). Across campus are Braun Music Center for the Department of Music, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, the Knoll, and the recently renovated Roble Gym, home to the Department of Theater and Performance Studies and the Arts Gym, a drop-in creative space for students (2016).

Visitors are welcome in the museums, galleries, performance spaces, and buildings during open hours. The Rodin Sculpture Garden and outdoor art collection are open all hours.

Visual Art Spaces


An art museum featuring works from Europe to Asia to Africa to America, from ancient to contemporary. Docent tours, family programs, and lectures offered daily.

Free and open to the public; Wed–Mon, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Thurs until 8 p.m. Closed Tues.


An art museum of modern and contemporary American works spanning Abstract Expressionism, Bay Area Figuration, Color Field Painting,
and more.

Free and open to the public; Wed–Mon, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Thurs until 8 p.m. Closed Tues.


A place where artists and scholars come together, creating new works of art, new documentary films, and important studies that search out the place and power of art today.

The Coulter Art Gallery is free and open to the public; Tues–Fri, noon–6 p.m. Classrooms and studios are closed to the public.


The Department of Art and Art History’s teaching gallery, featuring art by Stanford students, faculty, and guest artists.

Free and open to the public; Tues–Fri, noon–6 p.m.


A spiritual refuge named for the series of paintings by Nathan Oliveira that grace its walls. An environment for quiet reflection throughout the day for Stanford students, faculty, and staff that is meant to inspire and promote personal renewal.

Outdoor spaces, including the labyrinth, are free and open to the public all hours. Stanford ID card required for building access; daily, 7 a.m.–7 p.m.

Performance Venues


Home to Stanford Live, the Bing is an 842-seat, state-of-the-art venue that hosts a wide range of music, dance and theater year-round. Discounted tickets are available for Stanford students, faculty and staff.

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A 20-acre, tiered outdoor performance space that hosts a student music and arts festival, as well as other events. Frost will reopen in spring 2019 after an extensive renovation.

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Stanford’s largest indoor performance space, featuring a proscenium stage, primarily used to present the university’s largest musicals, dance shows, and guest lectures.

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Home to the Department of Music’s faculty and sta o ices, classrooms, and practice rooms, as well as the Archive of Recorded Sound; the Music Library; Braun Rehearsal Hall; and Campbell Recital Hall, an intimate, 215-seat performance and lecture hall.

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A 710-seat performance and lecture hall serving the Department of Music and the rest of the university for large-scale performances, lectures, symposia, and rehearsals.

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Home to the Department of Theater and Performance Studies, Roble Studio Theater, Roble Dance Studio, classroom and rehearsal spaces, and the new Arts Gym, a flexible rehearsal and art-making space for students.

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Home to the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), including a large space with multichannel sound for teaching, concerts, and acoustic experimentation; studios; and prototyping facilities for music production and related research.

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Other Arts Facilities

Harmony House (Institute for Diversity in the Arts)

The Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) + Committee on Black Performing Arts (CBPA) is a program in the arts that involves students and communities in the study of culture, identity, and diversity in and through artistic expression. Our mission is to create, support, and advance powerful, collaborative, and transformative arts practice and arts leadership in service of equity and justice.

Institute for Diversity in the Arts Website

Memorial Church

Memorial Church stands at the center of the campus on the Quad, and is the university’s architectural crown jewel. It was one of the earliest, and is still among the most prominent, interdenominational churches in the West. Jane Stanford built the church as a memorial to her husband, Leland. It is home to many of the Department of Music’s ensembles including the Stanford Chamber Chorale, Stanford Symphonic Chorus and Stanford University Singers. Memorial Church is also a venue for many other groups and events throughout the year.


Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.School)

In May 2010, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, more commonly known as the d.School, opened the doors to its new home in Building 550. The building serves as a permanent home for the d.School students and faculty.

d.School Website

White Plaza Stage

During the 2008 renovation of White Plaza, a large outdoor stage was created adjacent to Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The stage has been used for outdoor concerts, performances, and the annual student-run Arts + Sustainability Festival in the spring.


Studio 2
Stanford students make a place for making art at Jasper Ridge. Studio 2 is an eco, micro, mobile art space for the street or the foothills.

Studio 2 Website

Nitery Theater

The Nitery black-box theater was recently upgraded as part of the renovation of Old Union, completed in 2007. The space has flexible seating capacity of up to 85 and can adapt to a wide range of seating and staging formats. This fully-equipped space is primarily used for directing workshops and student theater productions.

Stanford Ceramics Studio

Stanford’s new Ceramics Studio opened its doors in October 2008 to an enthusiastic student body. Created with the financial support of the Steven Denning and Roberta Bowman Denning Fund, the studio is a completely student-run facility and offers quarterly memberships, classes, and workshops for Stanford students.

Stanford Ceramics Club Website

For a comprehensive online map of outdoor art, venues, departments and more, visit