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The Foster

  • Address:
    940 Commercial Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94303
About

Take a break and experience beautiful art and inspiring journeys.

What is The Foster?

The Foster houses the permanent collection of the Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation. The foundation was established to preserve, and keep intact, Tony Foster’s watercolor journey paintings as a whole work of art. The Foster also serves as a venue for art, wilderness, educational and community programs and events.

Who is Tony Foster?

Artist-Explorer Tony Foster is a plein air artist who lives in Cornwall, United Kingdom. Since 1982, Tony has created a series of watercolor journeys in the world’s great wildernesses. Currently, Foster is working on his 17th journey.

Our 14,000 square foot museum also serves as a venue available for use by selected community groups.

Hours:

Open to the public for walk-ins Saturday through Sunday (7 days a week), 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Public Tour of Exhibitions: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

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Facility Info
  • Description Prior to 2014, The Foster was an ambulance garage for the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. The 14,000 square foot facility was transformed from an industrial warehouse into a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified building, with new heating, ventilation and cooling systems, new lighting and electrical systems and interiors, to house the watercolor journeys of Tony Foster. Our design and construction team included: Fergus Garber Young, Palo Alto, CA; McLarney Construction, San Jose, CA; and Paul Salisbury, who served as Consulting Architect and Designer.
  • Total Sq. Ft. 14,000
  • Reception Capacity 200
  • Theatre Capacity 120
  • WiFi true
  • Banquet Capacity 70
  • Number of Rooms 5
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