The Palm Springs Art Museum

The Palm Springs Museum of Art
Located in downtown Palm Springs Ca

Open every day except Mondays
Free admission Thursday evenings

Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs
California just two blocks west of popular Palm Canyon
Drive, the Palm Springs Art Museum is known as one of
the best mid-sized art museums in the USA.

Beautiful Museum, Gorgeous Setting

Looking for something new and fun to do in Palm Springs? Visit the Art Museum! Conveniently accessible for tourists, the large Palm Springs Museum is positioned graciously at the base of the mountains. The Palm Springs Art Museum is well located and easy for tourists and vacationers to access.


The Palm Springs Museum is located in downtown Palm Springs on Museum Drive at Tahquitz Canyon Way, just west of N. Palm Canyon Drive. Where? The address for the Palm Springs Museum is: 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262.

Now open daily except Mondays, the Palm Springs museum began in 1938 as a modest museum about the unique California desert and evolved into a vibrant oasis for the arts, an upscale and well-respected museum focusing on international Modern and Contemporary painting and sculpture by artists including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Duane Hanson, John Chamberlin, Anselm Keifer, and Anthony Gormley.


Palm Springs Museum

Location: 101 Museum Drive,
Palm Springs, Ca 92262
Phone: (760)322-4800

Conveniently accessible for tourists, the large Palm Springs Museum is positioned graciously at the base of the mountains, the Palm Springs Art Museum is well located and easy for visitors and vacationers to access.

The Palm Springs Museum is located in downtown Palm Springs on Museum Drive at Tahquitz Canyon Way, just west of N. Palm Canyon Drive. Where? The address for the Palm Springs Museum is: 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262.


Palm Springs Art Museum Hours
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Closed on Mondays
Open Thursdays 12 pm - 8 pm

Palm Springs Art Museum Admission

Regular Admission Prices:
$12.50 for adults
$10.50 for seniors 62 and up
$5.00 for students and active duty military personnel with ID.

Free Admission on Thursday Evenings
Each Thursday evening from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. only, free admission is available for everyone at the Palm Springs Museum!

The Thursday evening free admission deal is sponsored by the City of Palm Springs and is offered free in conjunction with the Thursday evening Palm Springs Street Fair held nearby on Palm Canyon Drive. The "Thursday evening free admission" program is sponsored by the City of Palm Springs.

Every Day: Free Art Museum Admission to youth 12 and younger, and members.

Free Second Sundays at the Palm Springs Art Museum

The second Sunday of each month features a schedule of programming for all ages and interests including hands-on family activities, performances, films on art and culture, docent-led spotlight talks and demonstrations of artists at work.

Palm Springs Museum Building

The Art Museum building itself is impressive as architecture and art, with the Art Museum housed in a four-level indoor-outdoor 150,000 square-foot multi-level complex designed by renowned California architect E. Stewart Willams in 1976.

Art Museum Collection

What's great about the museum for Palm Springs tourists and locals is that the Palm Springs Art Museum displays an enticing mix of desert and native American natural history, desert living, Hollywood glamour, Presidential politics (the Palm Springs area is often called the "Playground of the Presidents" and was home to former President Gerald Ford), leisure living and performing and fine arts.

The Palm Springs Art Museum also houses the Annenberg Theatre named after the late publishing tycoon and close friend of President Ronald Reagan. Ron and Nancy Reagan celebrated New Year's in the Palm Springs area (at the Walter Annenberg estate) during Reagan's Presidency.

Palm Springs Museum Cost/Admission Prices

- $12.50 adults
- $10.50 seniors 62 and over
- $5.00 for students and active duty military personnel with I.D.
- Free public admission every Thursday from 4 - 8 pm during Thursday evening's downtown Villagefest Street Fair.

Free admission for AAM, NARM, and WMA members with ID.

Group tours available.

For more information, phone the Palm Springs Museum at (760)322-4800

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Featured Artists, Exhibits

Variety in Style & Works

The impressive Palm Springs art museum features a great variety of beautiful works - works by historically significant west coast artists such as Sam Francis, Robert Arneson, Nathan Oliveira, Mark di Suvero, and Edward Ruscha, among others, as well as contemporary Native American artists.

The museum features an extensive permanent collection as well as featured exhibits that have included some very impressive special limited-time shows from artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Keith Haring and many more.

Permanent Collections

The Palm Springs Museum's permanent exhibits include a 20th century art gallery, photography, Mesoamerican art, Western and Native American art, a George Montgomery collection, a William Holden collection, a miniature collection and a gallery of 19th century landscapes.

The Art Museum also includes a natural sciences gallery, a graphic arts gallery and a gallery for special exhibits.

Contemporary, Studio Art Glass

The art museum also features Contemporary and Studio Art Glass by Dale Chihuly, Karen LaMonte, Howard Ben Tré, Lynda Benglis, and William Morris.

Native, Classic Western Art

Additional Exhibits and Features of the Palm Springs Art Museum Include:

  • Classic American Art by Thomas Moran, Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, Walter Ufer, and Agnes Pelton;
  • Native American baskets;
  • Mesoamerican artifacts;
  • Photography with special attention to natural, built, social, and leisure environments.

Architecture

The modern building, designed by renowned California architect E. Stewart Williams and newly renovated, is the focal point of the 150,000-square-foot complex.

Architecture art features at the Palm Springs Museum include the Albert Frey Archive and the world-famous Palm Springs residence "Frey House II," the E. Stewart Williams Architecture Archive, and a drawings collection, including works by prominent architects Richard Neutra, Frank Gehry, and Daniel Libeskind and more.

Sculptures

On the main level you'll find an exhibit of western sculptures by ex-cowboy actor George Montgomery, along with letters and photos of President and Nancy Reagan.

Native American Art

In the Western and Native American Art gallery section of the museum is an impressive exhibit of Cahuilla (local Palm Springs Native Tribe) basketry and other cultural artifacts, part of a permanent exhibit.

Art Museum Facilities Include

The Palm Springs museum's facilities include a lecture hall, art and natural science classrooms, the Sinatra Sculpture Court, 2 sculpture gardens and the Annenberg Theater, as well as a Museum Cafe, Museum shop and box office, all located within the Palm Springs Art Museum's four level art gallery and museum building.

Programs Available Year-Round

A well-rounded variety of programs are offered at the Palm Springs Museum on a year-round basis that include nature hikes, children's workshops, a docent council, community outreach, films, concerts, symphonies, opera and drama.

Palm Springs Museum History

The upscale Palm Springs Museum first opened its humble doors in 1938, the same year the city of Palm Springs was established.

The museum was founded by Don Admiral, a college administrator with a geology degree and a flair for promotion and development. Admiral conducted local classes and tours and opened the museum in La Plaza Arcade to share his interest in natural history with the community.

Early 1900s
Founder Don Admiral actualized a dream shared by two earlier Palm Springs naturalist-residents. This began in 1916 when California naturalist Edmund Jaguar started a Nature Club from among the town's 70 residents. Sixteen years later in 1932, Theodore Zschokke, became naturalist in residence at Deep Well Guest Ranch and created a Nature Trail that included various plant and animals exhibits.

The 1930s
The museum was first opened as the Admiral's 1938 (the same year Palm Springs was incorporated as a City), the museum and the opening was a rocky start. For the next 20 years, through a series of directors, it operated on a shoestring, but continued to grow, with sporadic contributions from the growing population.

1950s-1960s
In 1952, Philip Boyd, a local rancher and Museum trustee, together with Dr. Edmund Jaeger and Desert Magazine publisher Randall Henderson, finally succeeded in convincing the Museum board to establish a wildlife sanctuary by leasing acreage in Palm Desert at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

During the 50s and 60s, the Palm Springs Desert Museum began rapid growth, after expanding to include performing and fine arts. By 1963, the population of the Greater Palm Springs area had grown to 117,000, attracting about 80,000 visitors a year to the Museum.

Current Building Opens in 1976
The trend toward the fine and performing arts continued at the Palm Springs Art Museum, then called Palm Springs Desert Museum, with much influence from Hollywood and the movie-making set, which discovered, vacationed and began to build second homes in Palm Springs.

The current downtown Palm Springs museum location opened in 1976 with 4,000 people at the opening celebration.

In the meantime, the Wildlife Sanctuary in Palm Desert separated and became an independent entity, now the Living Desert also known as the Palm Springs area zoo. In 1972, it incorporated as The Living Desert with Boyd at its head, assuming much of the original charter of the Palm Springs Desert Museum.

Today's Art Museum
Today, the Palm Springs Museum upholds its mission is to promote enjoyment, education and involvement with visual art of the highest quality, and enhance appreciation of the performing arts.

The Palm Springs Art Museum Location

101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, Calif. 92262
Phone: (760)322-4800

Located in downtown Palm Springs on Museum Drive at Tahquitz Canyon Way, just west of N. Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs Museum Hours:
Free Admission for all ages on Thursday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays.

Open Thursdays 12 pm - 8 pm;
(Thursday evening's Free admission from 4-8 p.m. is sponsored by the City of Palm Springs.)

Free Art Museum Admission to youth 12 and younger, and members, every day.

Palm Springs Museum Cost/Admission Prices:
- $12.50 adults
- $10.50 seniors 62 and over
- $5.00 for students and active duty military personnel with I.D.
- Free public admission every Thursday from 4 - 8 pm during Thursday evening's downtown Villagefest Street Fair.
- Free admission to members of AAM, NARM, and WMA, with I.D.

Group tours are available.

Palm Springs Museum Website: www.psmuseum.org

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