Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs

Located in a building that itself is a work of art, Palm Springs Art Museum boasts a collection by prominent modern and contemporary artists. Hidden in this desert oasis are the works of Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and many others. Contemporary design, painting, sculpture, and photography reside with Native American and Mesoamerican art. The two styles seamlessly blend and bring out the essence of the American Southwest as the meeting point of the two worlds, ancient and modern. Temporary exhibits boost the rich permanent collection. The museum offers very popular, expert guided tours. If you’re interested in taking part, you should make a telephone reservation ahead of time. Before you visit Palm Springs, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • The Palm Springs Art Museum offers some good exhibits and events for locals and visitors alike. The permanent collection - featuring some examples of Native American, Western and modern art - is not v...  more »
  • We spent 2 hours enjoying the beautiful exhibits in this wonderful art museum. Especially notable was the "Glass Ceiling" exhibit of woman glass artists--just amazing. The museum is free on Thursdays ...  more »
  • Lots of interesting, wide ranging art here. Free on Thursday evenings from 4-8pm. Also free docent tour at 5pm. Rotating temporary exhibits provide new things to see every few months.  more »
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  • Really nice building. They had the kinetic sculpture exhibit when I went which was great. I can get a little bored of too much standard 2D art. There was plenty to see to fill a couple hours here. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Small museum but the exhibits were amazing. They had some special rotation exhibits we really enjoyed like the woman glass artists and the kinetic displays. Sharing a few pictures too.
  • My experience was memorable because of the thoughtful display of the art and sculpture. The eclectic mix of the art was amazing. The displays were interesting and your ability to observe the different art pieces was up close and became personal. This is one of the best art museums in the country because the art is so varied and the space is utilized so you can appreciate most of the art from many angles.
  • Great curation of art and really interesting space! I was surprised and delighted to see Yoshitomo Nara’s dog at the entrance. We caught the Kinetic Latin American exhibit and it was fantastic. The rest of the contemporary art on the top floor was also very good.
  • Small collection. The contemporary art is interactive and interesting. The American art is unique. Took 30 minutes to walk through. Few masterpieces.

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The downtown area centering on Indian Canyon Drive offers plenty of accommodations, with trendy boutiques, eco-friendly hotels, and contemporary resort-style options offering onsite pools, hip bars, and glamorous restaurants. Golf resorts to the southeast cater to active vacationers. For less expensive options with lots of privacy, consider rental properties in the residential areas.
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