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Hoover Tower

An iconic destination on the Stanford University campus for exhibitions, observation deck, and carillon concerts

Opening Hours & Information

The exhibition galleries and the Lou Henry Hoover observation deck open at 10am and close at 4pm, Monday through Sunday, except as noted below.  Note: The last elevator goes up at 3:30 pm. Please plan accordingly.

The Tower is open on Martin Luther King Jr, Presidents', Memorial, and Labor Day holidays, and closed for other university holidays and campus winter closure (view holiday schedule), as well as during Stanford home football games (view schedule).

If you are meeting with Hoover Fellows or staff who work in the Tower, please be sure to contact them to make arrangements to meet.

Exhibition Galleries

Exhibitions in the galleries and the rotunda are free and fully open to the public. 


Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Exhibition Program

650-723-3563 or email

Observation Deck

The observation deck is open to the public. Tickets are $5. Children under the age of 3 are free. Purchase tickets at the door (credit card or Apple Pay, no cash accepted). 

Free entry for Stanford Affiliates (students, faculty, staff, alumni) with a valid Stanford ID. May bring up to 4 guests.


Stanford Guest Services

650-723-2053 or email


Please Note: The last elevator goes up at 3:30 pm. Plan accordingly.

What's On View

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Un-Presidented: Watergate and Power in America

February 12– August 11, 2024

Examine the unprecedented political scandal that was Watergate and its impact on America in this new exhibition.

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In this centennial exhibition, learn the history of the Hoover Institution via a showcase of materials related to the ideas of peace, freedom, and education.

Library & Archives staff giving a gallery tour in Hoover Tower

Hoover Tower Gallery Tours

Free gallery tours of the Library & Archives' exhibitions are offered every Thursday at 11:00 am on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required.

Prepare To Visit

Face coverings are strongly recommended while inside the historic Hoover Tower.

Visitor and hourly parking is enforced Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., with no enforcement on the weekends. Please visit the Stanford Transportation page to familiarize yourself with their new contactless process options: the ParkMobile app, website, or phone. The closest visitor parking lots are a 15-20 minute walk from the Hoover Tower.

Please note that there are no public restrooms at Hoover Tower and visitors need to plan accordingly.

If you have a disability-related accommodation request, please contact us at least three days before your visit so we can begin working towards accommodating your request.

Contact us in advance for large groups.

For further questions about the exhibition galleries, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives at 650-723-3563 or email.

For further questions about the Lou Henry Hoover observation deck and carillon, please contact Stanford Guest Services at 650-723-2053 or email.

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