We love walking (running) around the Rodin sculpture garden outside the Cantor Museum.
Stanford University has a terrific collection (and free!) spread over several museums. We’ve visited the Cantor a couple different times. It’s open during the day, of course, but also stays open late on Thursday evenings, so it’s great for a little pre- or after-dinner outing.
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On our latest visit, we checked out the original Golden Spike at the Cantor Museum. We stopped at Golden Spike National Historic Site this past summer as we drove through Utah and learned about the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Leland Stanford was instrumental in building California’s railroad, and as California senator, drove in the final golden spike used to complete the track for the transcontinental railroad. While a replica is displayed at the historic site, the original is housed in Palo Alto.