Calling all art buffs! This 15,000-square-foot building is the center of the desert’s art community and is the largest cultural institution in the Coachella Valley. The Palm Springs Art Museum is made up of several buildings, each housing their own collection. Each building is a piece of art in itself, contemporarily designed with environmentally friendly features. There are three locations in Palm Springs and Palm Desert. Admission to the Palm Desert location is free to the public.
The museum’s permanent art collections include Mesoamerican, modern, contemporary, architecture and design, glass, and photography art. Along with paintings, photography and sculpture, you’ll find Mesoamerican artifacts produced 2,000 years ago for the tombs of high-ranking rulers.
The museum also boasts a 430-seat, state-of-the-art theater dedicated to and designed by the late Leonore Annenberg, who, along with her husband, Walter, were philanthropists dedicated to the preservation of art. The museum hosts artists of all kinds inside the theater and hosts lectures, community events, films and symposiums.
Attend Lectures at the Palm Springs Art Museum
On Mondays, the the Palm Springs Art Museum hosts lectures on anything from art to lifestyle. Tickets are $15 per lecture for museum members, and $20 for guests. There also are art classes, workshops, camps and tour for all ages. Admission is free on the second Sunday of the month and on Thursday nights.