Palm Springs

United States

101 Museum Drive
Phone: +1 760 325 7186

Palm Springs Art Museum

Established in 1938, the Palm Springs Art Museum has become the center of the desert’s art community. What began as a museum about the desert has evolved into an oasis for the arts with Modern and Contemporary American works by artists such as Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Duane Hanson, and Mark di Suvero; Contemporary California painting and sculpture by Sam Francis, Edward Ruscha, Robert Arneson, Nathan Oliveira, and others; Studio Art Glass by Dale Chihuly, Howard Ben Tré, and William Morris; and Classic Western American Art by Thomas Moran, Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and others. The modern building, designed by renowned California architect E. Stewart Williams, is the focal point of the 125,000-square-foot complex that also houses collections of Native American and Mesoamerican Art. Among the American photographers included in the Photography Collection are the Stephen H. Willard Collection and Archive, and the Bill Anderson Photography Collection. Architecture holdings include the Albert Frey Archive and Frey House II, and the E. Stewart Williams Architecture Archive.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (4)

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IDENTITY: 2007 Fine Arts Creativity Awards Exhibition
March 8 through May 6
Jorgensen Gallery and Marks Graphics Center

Outstanding artworks by local students receive recognition during this annual exhibition that encourages students in their pursuit of artistic distinction. This year’s exhibition explores the concept of identity—real or perceived. Approximately 45 artworks from Coachella Valley high schools and College of the Desert will explore notions of the collective aspects by which an individual, group or thing is recognizable or identified. This exhibition provides a forum for student expression to move beyond the physical boundaries of the school to connect with the larger community.

Contemporary Glass
February 13, 2007 and ongoing
Frederick Sleight and Nettie Wolf Galleries (Denney Western Art Wing)
This installation features studio glass art from the Museum's permanent collection and works on loan from significant private collections of contemporary fine art glass in the desert communities. With a new emphasis on collecting glass, the Museum has established a gallery in which to exhibit new gifts and loans in an effort to encourage private collectors to promise or donate artworks. This gallery will change and grow as the Museum builds a significant glass collection.

Studio glass is defined as sculpture designed and made by an artist using heated glass. Noted national and international artists in this exhibition show a range and diversity of glass techniques from kiln casting, fusing, slumping, and lamp-working to glass blowing and other hot techniques. These creative artists utilize glass material in innovative ways to create unique works o...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

Roy Lichtenstein Prints 1956-97
From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation
Annenberg Wing
December 9, 2006 through March 11, 2007

Contemporary Desert Photography: The Other Side of Paradise

A Point of Convergance: Architectural Drawings and Photographs from the L.J. Cella Collection
June 3, 2006 – January 21, 2007

Jean Dubuffet: 3 Suites
June 8 – October 8, 2006

Celebrity Photographs from the Permanent Collection
November 3, 2005 – January 29, 2006

Ansel Adams: Inspiration and Influence
December 13, 2005 – February 12, 2006

Material Terrain: A Sculptural Exploration of Landscape and Place
October 15 – December 18, 2005

Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection
September 3 – November 27, 2005

Trespassing: Houses X Artists
October 2, 2004 – April 3, 2005

Creativity: The Flowering Tornado, Art by Ginny Ruffner
February 9 – May 29, 2005

Desert Glass Collectors
February 9 – April 10, 2005

Beatrice Wood: Making the Rounds
March 26 – August 21, 2004

REWIND: A 15 year RetroSpectacle
March 29 – May 22, 2004

In Other Words/En Otras Palabras: The Community Responds to the Permanent Collection
April 23 – September 25, 2004

The Stories We Know, the Dreams We Have
Mitos, Imagenes, e Idioma/ Myths, Images and Language
April 29 – May 22, 2004

Exhibitions (4)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Treasures of the West:
Art from Desert Collections
April 11 through September 23, 2007
Annenberg Wing

The Eyes: Mirrors of the Soul
Portraits by Marion Pike
Kemper Gallery (Annenberg Wing)
April 21 through September 23, 2007

Russel Wright:
Living with Good Design
May 5 through September 2, 2007
McCormick Gallery (McCallum Wing)


Free to members
$12.50 adults
$10.50 seniors 62 and over
$5.00 youths 6 to 17 years, students and active military personnel with I.D. Free to children under 6 years.
Free public admission the every Thursday from 4 - 8 p.m. during downtown Villagefest.
Free admission to AAM and WMA members with I.D.

Opening hours

Regular Hours October-May
Closed Mondays and major holidays
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 12 pm - 8 p.m.
Summer Hours June-September
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 12 pm - 8 p.m.

Getting there

Located in downtown Palms Springs on Museum Drive behind the Palm Springs Fashion Mall at Tahquitz Canyon Way and Museum Drive, just west of N. Palm Canyon Drive


The Muse Café in the Herbert E. Toor gallery is available for lunch either before or after your tour.
The Museum store is open during museum hours

Museum internal and external photos (2)

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Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
2 p.m.

5 p.m.
Hibbert Orientation Center

General docent-guided tours highlight the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Call the education department to arrange special tours for adults or student groups at 760.325.7186 x: 100.
Due to the heavy demand for docent-led tours and the limitations of space and docents, we encourage you to schedule your tour as early as possible.


Free Community Evenings
4-8 p.m.


Discover a wealth of opportunities to escape, reflect, learn, create and become inspired at a great Art Museum. There is something for everyone in our galleries, special exhibitions, sculpture gardens and the Annenberg Theater.
The Museum’s permanent collection features 19th, 20th and 21st century art of the Americas, with an emphasis on contemporary California art, classic western American art, Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Mexican art, contemporary glass art, American mid-twentieth century architecture, and American photography.
Our marvelous 433 - seat Annenberg theater offers an eclectic calendar of performances from ballet to modern dance, opera to jazz, Broadway cabaret to classical music, comedy to drama.
And there’s more… art workshops for adults, art classes and summer camp for young people, free family activities, lectures, poetry, films, a Museum Store filled with items you won’t find elsewhere (members receive a 10% discount), and a café where you can relax indoors or in a sculpture garden.
Special Privileges of Membership
• Free Museum admission year round, plus guest passes at a 50% discount
• Invitations to members-only exhibition preview receptions
• Free quarterly Member Magazine
• Discounts at the Annenberg Theater, Museum Store and Muse Café
• Discounts on art classes and lectures
• Opportunity to join eight special interest Councils
• Travel programs for Council members
• Invitations to the annual Gala and other exclusive events
• Use of the Museum library by appointment

Venue hire

The opportunity to host a function in the Museum's landmark building is a privilege reserved exclusively for members

Celebrate your event in Palm Springs
Mix culture with celebration....
Feed your body and your mind...
Spend the evening with illustrious immortals..
Impress your colleagues... create an "experience."

Once you have rented our majestic Museum as a party site, our Special Events Manager will customize your event with:
Special Caterers
Gallery Docent Tours
Technicians and Audio / Visual Equipment
Anything else to make your event a spectacular success

Our spaces and galleries are available for corporate, institutional and private events. (Fundraising events are not permitted.)

Some events inspire something dramatic! Staff created a cabaret-style dinner on stage in our Annenberg Theater.
Entertainment can accompany your dinner party to suit your own unique tastes.
Tuesday through Sunday
(see floorplan)
Cocktail Parties up to 500 people
Sit down dinners up to 250 people

Contact our Special Events Manager - John Finkler
Phone: (760) 325-7186 x 159
Fax: (760) 327-5069