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Barbie Hall of Fame
545 Ramona St., Palo Alto, California 94301; Tel. 650.326.5841
The molded plastic specimens may all be less than a foot in height, but the many incarnations of Barbie through the decades loom large at the Barbie Hall of Fame, a kitschy tribute to the world's most popular doll.
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Cantor Center for Visual Arts
Museum Way off Palm Drive, Stanford, California; Tel. 650.723.4177
The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts exhibits collections and special exhibitions on view in 24 galleries, and is home to the world-famous Rodin Sculpture Garden. A new wing provides galleries for special exhibitions and the Cantor Center's collection of modern and contemporary art, an auditorium, café and bookstore. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free.
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Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden Center
1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto, California; Tel. 650.329.1356
Community volunteers and the Garden Club of Palo Alto cultivate a flowery oasis at the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden Center.
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Old Page Mill Road, a quarter-mile off the Page Mill Road exit from Highway 280, Palo Alto, California
Reportedly built in the late 18th century by the Peninsula's celebrated French pioneer, Peter Coutts, the Frenchman's Tower now stands guard right off of Old Page Mill Road.
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Rodin Sculpture Garden
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Dr. at Museum Way off Palm Dr., Stanford California; Tel . 650.723.4177
Stanford University is home to the largest outdoor collection of bronzes by Auguste Rodin outside of Paris.
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Stanford's Big Dish
Stanford's Big Dish is 300,000 pounds, 150 feet in diameter, and was commissioned by the Department of Defense in the early 1960s under the specs of the think tank SRI. It is still U.S. government property, though "under the custodianship" of SRI and Stanford.
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Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California; Tel. 650.926.3300
The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center was built in 1962 to shoot electrons and positrons along a two-mile linear electron accelerator to study the smallest building blocks of matter.
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221 University Ave., Palo Alto, California; Tel. 650.324.3701
In the mid-1980s, classics professor David Packard Jr. restored this old movie palace to its original splendor, fitting for the celestial pantheon of stars from the "golden age" of movies.
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Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo
1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, California; Tel. 650.329.2111
Palo Alto Children's Library
1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto, California; Tel. 650.329.2134
Palo Alto Children's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, California; Tel. 650.329.2651
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