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Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs

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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. Plan to see Palm Springs Art Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Palm Springs trip itinerary maker.
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  • The small Art Museum cafe serves delicious freshly made hot soups. Can be eaten indoors or outdoors in the Sculpture garden.  more »
  • Wonderful small museum with varied "plums" from all ages, from 3,000 year old meso-American carvings to 50's modernist furniture.  more »
  • Nice Museum with a few interesting works to see... interest in a series of photograph of the stars in their daily lives. Marilyn Brando washing his car, Paul Newman made the kitchen... a schedule Palm Desert a few miles to see...
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  • The art was interesting and we were given a tour by a volunteer staff member. She was polite and knowledgeable. We had fun.
  • Great place lots of nice exhibits and good art.
  • When we have visitors we always stop by the Art Museum. It is a local treasure and fun to see Palm Springs and find new and interesting resturants nearby.
  • In PS two to three times a year and always stop by to see their collection - wouldn't miss it. The Steve Chase collection has been a fine anchor and also like the Native American baskets. True subtle beauty.
  • A visit to this museum happens in three or more parts, each of which offers a different take on art. All are valuable. First, the changing exhibitions on the first floor offer opportunities to see the work of artists (either singly or as curated collections) from deep in the museum's permanent collections or traveling shows. Take a guided tour, if possible. Second, the museum's permanent collection of art and artists relating to the Coachella Valley is also on the first floor and mezzanine. The studio glass collection includes works by Dale Chihuly. Other works of note offer a historical perspective of the area either by artists trained in Western techniques (a couple of nice Hudson River School examples) or by Native American artists from the pre-Columbian to the 19th and 20th century. The top floor - my favorite part of the museum - has remarkable works that joyfully play with the perception of the visitor. Make sure to walk around the stacked plates and look into the concrete block wall (in opposite galleries upstairs). And while passing between the two galleries, see if you can spot the George Segal sculpture. Ample parking near both doors. A large theater is downstairs and there is a museum cafe. The museum participates in the North American Reciprocal program (as of February 2016).