Visit Hoover Tower

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Visit the Hoover Tower Exhibit Galleries and Lou Henry Hoover Observation Deck

About this event

Stanford University’s Hoover Tower is the historic home of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and the Lou Henry Hoover Observation Deck and Carillon. Visitors can view portions of the collection in the ground floor exhibition galleries and see the historic Belgian carillon on the Lou Henry Hoover observation deck, which also offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.

The Exhibition Galleries are open to the public. The Lou Henry Hoover Observation Deck is open to current Stanford affiliates with valid Stanford ID.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm. Please continue to check our website for more information.

Please review the following information:

  • Reservations are required.
  • The exhibition galleries are free to all visitors.
  • Observation deck ticket holders are required to show a valid Stanford ID upon arrival, please remember to bring your Stanford ID with you on the date of your reservation.
  • A Stanford affiliate with a current Stanford ID may bring a maximum of 3 guests on their visit. Tickets are required for everyone in the group.
  • Observation deck reservations are for 30-minute time slots.
  • Tickets to the observation deck include access to the exhibition galleries located on the first floor of the Tower.
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended.
  • There are no public restrooms at Hoover Tower.

About the Lou Henry Hoover Observation Deck and Carillon Bells

The 14th floor of the Hoover Tower is home to the Lou Henry Hoover Observation Deck, offering expansive views of the Stanford campus and surrounding region. The observation deck is also home to the Carillon bells. The observation deck and carillon are named in honor of former First Lady and Stanford alumni, Lou Henry Hoover.

What’s On View

The latest exhibition, Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan, showcases curated selections of rare nishiki-e (multicolored woodblock prints), kamishibai (paper plays), and other compelling material from the collections of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives on the history of modern Japanese propaganda, encompassing the Meiji Era (1868–1912) through to the Pacific theater of War II (1941–45). The exhibition is part of a multi-part project that encompasses an interactive online exhibition, illustrated publication, and speaker series. Explore the online portal here. Visitors can also enjoy the reopened Hoover@100 exhibition which explores the history of the Hoover Institution and its founders Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover.

Prepare for Your Visit

By reserving a ticket you agree to follow all policies and guidelines.

All visitors are required to make reservations prior to entering the building. Reservations for the observation deck are free to current Stanford affiliates and good for entry during the 30-minute time slot selected on the date of your reservation. All day reservations for the exhibitions are free to visitors.

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 10-15 minute walk from Hoover Tower. The closest disability parking to the Hoover Tower is located along Galvez Mall and Crothers Way. For more information on disability parking and other forms of access to campus please visit the Stanford Transportation Disability Access website.

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, please contact us at 650-723-2053 or at

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