Photograph of Hoover Tower

Hoover Tower

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

Opening Hours

Hoover Tower is open to the public during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

The exhibition galleries and observation deck are open Monday through Sunday at 10am and close at 4pm.

Please note that the tower is closed for Stanford home football games (view current schedule) and major holidays and campus winter closure (view university holiday closures).

Closure Notices

The observation deck will be closed for scheduled maintenance Monday through Friday, December 5–9, 2022, and Tuesday, December 13, 2022. Hoover Tower will remain open with normal operating hours and exhibition galleries accessible to the public.

Hoover Tower will be closed starting on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 and will reopen on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.

Limited Public Access

To meet with Hoover Fellows or staff who work in the tower, appointments must be made in advance and they will meet you in the entry rotunda.

Exhibition Galleries

To see the exhibitions, free reservations may be made online or onsite. Fully open to the public, please note that groups are limited to 4 individuals.

Observation Deck

The observation deck is only open to Stanford Affiliates. Visitors must bring a valid Stanford ID and may have up to 3 guests. Reservations are for 30 minute time slots and everyone must have their own ticket.

What's On View

black and white photograph showing a young boy receiving the tetra-vaccine in Petrograd circa 1922

Bread + Medicine: Saving Lives in a Time of Famine

September 19, 2022–April 28, 2023

American medical relief in Soviet Russia and Ukraine during the early 1920s is the subject of this exhibition guest curated by Bert Patenaude, Hoover research fellow.

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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.

Close-up photograph of the carillon bells from below

Carillon Concerts

The Lou Henry Hoover Carillon and Observation Deck is currently open to Stanford affiliates, but concerts can be heard throughout the Stanford campus.

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.

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 us at 650-723-2053 or email.

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