Tourists looking at art inside the Palm Springs Art Museum
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Palm Springs Art Museum

Updated by Pat Dorri on March 12 2024

Cultural Oasis in the Heart of the Desert

Address: 101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States

Art installation of upside down car outside the Palm Springs Art Museum
The art installations are highly original, such as this upside down car.
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💲 Adult entry from $16 (free Thursdays 5-8pm)

👩‍🦽 Wheelchair accessible

🍽️ Dining options (open 11am-3pm daily)

🚽 Public Restrooms

Where can I find Palm Springs Art Museum?

Palm Springs Art Museum is easily accessible, and just a short walk from the bustling Palm Canyon Drive, and the central location makes it ideal for exploring Palm Springs.

Why should I visit Palm Springs Art Museum?

Palm Springs Art Museum is renowned for its collection of art, compelling exhibitions, and stunning architecture. It features a wide range of art from contemporary and modern, to Native American and Mesoamerican pieces.

With rotating exhibitions and permanent collections, there's always something new and fascinating to discover.

What are the opening hours at Palm Springs Art Museum?

General opening hours

Monday - 10am - 5pm

Tuesday - Closed

Wednesday - Closed

Thursday - 12pm - 8pm

Friday - 10am - 5pm

Saturday - 10am - 5pm

Sunday - 10am - 5pm

Closures and holidays

Whilst the Palm Springs Art Museum is typically open year-round, be sure to check for latest guidance on the official website.

Exterior of restaurants and shops in downtown Palm Springs
How about some lunch and shopping in downtown Palm Springs after your museum visit?
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Where should I park when visiting Palm Springs Art Museum?

Parking is available in a lot directly across from Palm Springs Art Museum on Museum Drive.

More street parking is also available around the museum, and there are several public parking spaces nearby.

Is Palm Springs Art Museum accessible by public transportation?

Palm Springs Art Museum is accessible by public transport as Palm Springs, and the public bus service stops near the museum.

Staying locally? Many hotels and resorts offer shuttle services to downtown attractions, including Palm Springs Art Museum.

When is the best time to visit Palm Springs Art Museum?

The best time to visit is during the week when the crowds are smaller.

Thursday evenings are also particularly special as the museum offers free admission from 5pm to 8pm.

What are the best things to see near Palm Springs Art Museum?

There are plenty of great places close to Palm Springs Art Museum to also explore. Here are some favorites.

  • Indian Canyons - Explore the breath taking landscapes and hiking trails at this incredible site.
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - Experience stunning views of the desert below with a journey on this tramway.
  • Downtown Palm Springs - Head here for a memorable mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
  • Moorten Botanical Garden - A charming cactarium showcasing different desert plant life.
Indian Canyons, Palm Springs
Unwind with a hike through the beautiful Indian Canyons during your Palm Springs adventure.
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Common questions about Palm Springs Art Museum

If you are looking to discover an extensive collection of art, marvel at architectural design, and enjoy an impressive outdoor sculpture garden, then head to Palm Springs Art Museum. Here is what else you can expect to find!

Is Palm Springs Art Museum accessible to those with lower mobility?

✔️ Yes, Palm Springs Art Museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users and those with strollers.

Is Palm Springs Art Museum free to enter?

❌ No, there is an admission fee to visit Palm Springs Art Museum

❗ However, children under 18, active military personnel with ID, and museum members can enter for free.

❗ Thursday evenings offer free admission to all visitors from 5pm to 8pm.

Is Palm Springs Art Museum pet-friendly?

❌ No, pets are not allowed in Palm Springs Art Museum.

Is Palm Springs Art Museum child-friendly?

✔️ Yes, Palm Springs Art Museum is family-friendly and offers a variety of programs and activities for children.

Is Palm Springs Art Museum a year-round attraction?

✔️ Yes, Palm Springs Art Museum is open year-round, offering a cool retreat from the desert heat.

Are refreshments available at Palm Springs Art Museum?

✔️ Yes, Palm Springs Art Museum café offers a selection of refreshments and light meals.

Are there restrooms at Palm Springs Art Museum?

✔️ Yes, there are public restrooms available for visitors at Palm Springs Art Museum

What else is useful to know before I visit Palm Springs Art Museum

Make sure to check Palm Springs Art Museum website for current exhibitions and events to help plan your visit.

Photography is allowed in many areas, but flash photography and tripods are not allowed to protect the artworks.

Exterior view of Palm Springs Art Museum on Museum Drive, steps leading to entrance and sculptures dotted around stairway
Head into Palm Springs Art Museum and you can expect a visit packed with interesting artwork and artifacts.
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Where to stay near Palm Springs Art Museum

There are plenty of great hotel options in the Palm Springs, for all budgets, to head back to after enjoying Palm Springs Art Museum. Check out some of our favorites below.

  • Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel, an IHG Hotel- Staying at The Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel you can expect luxurious comfort, rooftop views, refined dining, all set in a prime downtown location.

  • Life House, Palm Springs- You can expect a tranquil setting, lush gardens and pool, and contemporary décor when you stay at Life House, Palm Springs.

  • The Paloma Resort- A visit to The Paloma Resort is anything but budget, with luxury surroundings, chic, retro design, and top-notch service.