Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs

Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs (must see)

The museum began its life in 1938 as the Palm Springs Desert Museum, focusing on Native American art and the natural desert environment. In the 1950s and 1960s, the museum began a slow transition as more fine art was acquired. The result today is a truly unique museum experience, unlike any other in the world.

Alongside lots of great contemporary art in the form of paintings, photography, sculpture, and glass sculpture, you will find many objects representing the natural sciences. About half of the museum's 24,000 piece collection is dedicated to desert biology, geology, and archaeology.

The museum is also home to the 437-seat Annenberg Theater, which hosts renowned concert artists and performers. It also operates two satellite facilities, the Architecture and Design Center on Palm Canyon Drive and the Art Museum in Palm Desert. The Persimmon Bistro and Wine Bar is located next to the main museum's sculpture garden.

Why You Should Visit:
World class establishment with many special events throughout the year.
The art is well-grouped for viewing and appreciation, spacious and roomy to explore.

Tip:
Start on the topmost floor and work your way down to the main floor. Make sure to get to the fun basement, too!

Opening hours:
Fri-Tue: 10am-5pm;
Free admission on Thursdays after 4pm

Want to visit this sight? Check out these Self-Guided Walking Tours in Palm Springs. Alternatively, you can download the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Palm Springs Art Museum on Map

Sight Name: Palm Springs Art Museum
Sight Location: Palm Springs, USA (See walking tours in Palm Springs)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Palm Springs, California

Create Your Own Walk in Palm Springs

Create Your Own Walk in Palm Springs

Creating your own self-guided walk in Palm Springs is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Famous Houses in Palm Springs

Famous Houses in Palm Springs

Since the early 1930s, Palm Springs has been a favorite desert oasis for the Hollywood elite. With its excellent winter and springtime weather, fabulous shopping, and beautiful overall ambiance, it offered a convenient escape from clamoring photographers and newspaper gossips. Behind the private walls of homes, bungalows, or hotels – and even in the city's restaurants and nightclubs –...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 Km or 4.2 Miles
Palm Springs Introduction Walking Tour

Palm Springs Introduction Walking Tour

The Cahuilla people have lived in the Coachella Valley for over 2,000 years, long before the first European settlers showed up in the early 1800s. The area was popular because there was an abundance of water and shade here, rare commodities in the Sonoran Desert. Much of the land in and around Palm Springs is on the Agua Caliente Reservation; you can learn more about the Cahuilla at the Agua...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles