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Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs

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Art Museum
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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  • I had put off going to this museum as I had heard it was a modern art museum and I am generally not a fan of that genre. We were surprised what a diverse collection there was. Western art, Native Amer...  more »
  • Wonderful contemporary collection thanks to the generous donations of the MacMillan family. Eclectic tast will challenge even the most experienced viewer. They also have a fine sample of glass and Wes...  more »
  • Have enjoyed wandering and taking in all the amazing art on several occasions - especially nice during a hot summer day! Always something interesting to see. Great for entertaining visitors. Highly re...  more »
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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).