Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs

4.5
#2 of 23 in Museums in California Desert
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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  • August 13, 2017
    This museum is not on a level with larger city museums but has a respectable permanent collection as well as some very interesting shows. Thursdays nights 4-8 p.m. have been free to the public.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    We expected better. .. the 3rd floor is nice. the rest too classic to our taste but it's very personal. A bit pricey overall.
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  • August 7, 2017
    Face it, it's too hot to be out in Palm Springs in the daytime in August. Why NOT take in the art museum. And, it was a very pleasant surprise. Lots of artists I hadn't heard of, plus some I had: Pica...  more »
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  • June 12, 2017
    Excellent example of E. Stewart William's mid-century architecture, which includes lovely sculpture gardens. Nice collection of plein air paintings and Southwestern art. Definitely worth a visit! Also check out the Architecture and Design museum a few blocks south that is administered by the art museum.
  • June 12, 2017
    This is a very special place. Much more of a world-class art museum than you would expect from PS. Beautiful space and architecture in itself. Exhibits are very well curated. Must visit when in PS.
  • April 16, 2017
    Love it here! It had been around 8 years since our last visit, and it was nice seeing some of the same exhibits. The American Southwestern Art exhibit was awesome, and new to me. I recommend this to anyone visiting Palm Springs.
  • June 13, 2017
    A surprising variety of different types of art. My favorite was the modern art on the top floor.
  • June 30, 2017
    A beautiful museum! It's especially nice that admission is free on Thursdays!

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