Hoover Tower

The Red Barn

See the Stanford campus from the top of the Hoover Tower Observation Platform. Completed in 1941 to celebrate the University's 50th anniversary, the 285-foot tower is a landmark for students, alumni and the local community.

Visiting the Observation Platform

The observation platform is located on the 14th floor of Hoover Tower. When you step off the elevator be welcomed by a tour guide who is available to point out Stanford University landmarks and, on a clear day, sights around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tower Trivia

At the top of the tower, visitors can see a carillon of 48 bells cast in Tournai, Belgium, a gift of the Belgian-American Education Foundation. The largest bell is inscribed, "For Peace Alone Do I Ring."

The lobby of the tower houses the Herbert Hoover and Lou Henry Hoover exhibits, which feature memorabilia from the careers and lives of the thirty-first U.S. president and his wife, both of whom were Stanford alumni.

The Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion has exhibits open to the public and is located next to Hoover Tower. The exhibits are open Tuesday –Saturday from 11am–4pm.

Hoover Tower is part of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, a Stanford-affiliated public policy research center founded by Herbert Hoover, a member of the University's pioneer class of 1895 and the 31st president of the United States.

  • Adults $3.00
  • Seniors (65 and older) $2.00
  • Children (12 and under) $2.00
    All children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18; no more than two children per adult.
  • Stanford students, faculty, and staff can bring up to 5 guests (with current Stanford ID) at no charge.

Open 7 Days a week from 10am to 4:00pm
The following exceptions apply:

  • Observation deck and exhibits close at 4:00pm.
  • Last tickets sold at 3:50pm.
  • No reservations required.
  • Individuals and groups may purchase tickets in the tower lobby.
  • Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets for $1 per person.
Restrictions Please note that strollers, skateboards, and backpacks or large bags are not allowed on the platform, and cannot be stored in the Hoover Tower lobby.
Updated on January 15, 2015 11:49 AM