The Foster

  • Address:
    940 Commercial Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94303



The Foster has reopened to the public by appointment on Sundays and Tuesdays-Fridays. 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.

Business Continuity
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Meeting Facilities
Facility Info
  • Description Surround your guests with the beauty of the natural world with Tony Foster’s breathtaking watercolor landscapes. The Foster works with mission-aligned non-profits to rent space for events such as meetings, presentations, speaker series, corporate evening affairs, rehearsal dinners, receptions, and social and cultural events.
  • Total Sq. Ft. 14,000
  • Reception Capacity 200
  • Space Notes The Foster can host several set-ups such as Lecture-Style, Cocktail Reception, Board Meeting, Open House and Sit Down Dinner. The 14,000 sq. ft. facility has been transformed into a LEED Silver certified building, with new heating, ventilation and cooling systems, new lighting and electrical systems and interiors.
  • Theatre Capacity 120
  • Outdoor Capacity 0
  • WiFi true
  • Banquet Capacity 70
  • Number of Rooms 5