We know it can be hard, but it’s well worth it to leave the pool at your Acme House Company vacation rental for a few hours to explore Palm Springs’ rich history of art and design. One of the best places to take in some art during your Palm Springs vacation is the Palm Springs Art Museum, a favorite stop for art aficionados from around the world.
Established in 1938, the museum features major collections of modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture, design, and Native American and Western art. Rivaling some of the country’s most well-known museums, the 150,000 square foot museum boasts works from Chagall, Picasso, Warhol, and Lichtenstein alongside two outdoor sculpture gardens and a café. The museum also has branches in Palm Desert, and don’t miss the Architecture & Design Center in Downtown Palm Springs. Some more good news for you: The pool at your Acme vacation home will still be there when you get back!
Comprising three museums – two in Palm Springs, one in Palm Desert – the Palm Springs Art Museum is the Coachella Valley’s largest cultural institution. The original museum in downtown Palm Springs boasts 150,000 square feet of art exhibitions, permanent collections, and includes the 433-seat Annenberg Theater. The 13,000-square foot Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center (A+D Center), Edwards Harris Pavilion features the finest in historical and modern architecture and design exhibitions. The museum structure – the 1961 Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan building – is an architectural exhibition unto itself, receiving Class 1 Historic Site protective status. The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is a four-gallery fine arts venue featuring 8,400 square feet of exhibition space. Named “The Galen,” the museum features temporary and permanent exhibitions of internationally important art, including works of sculpture, photography, painting, and modern media. Surrounding The Galen is the four-acre Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden, which showcases significant sculpture works set amidst a beautiful garden landscape.
The Palm Springs Art Museum is located in downtown Palm Springs at 101 Museum Drive. From the Palm Springs Visitors Center, head south on N. Palm Canyon Drive (Highway 111B). Follow 111B south through town to W. Taquez Canyon Way. Turn right; take your next right onto N. Museum Drive. The A+D Center is located at 300 S. Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs. Follow 111B south through town to W. Baristo Road. The museum is on the corner of W. Baristo and S. Palm Canyon Drive. The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is located at 72-567 Highway 111. From the Palm Springs Visitors Center, head south on N. Palm Canyon Drive. It will turn into Highway 111. Follow 111 south through Cathedral City and Rancho Mirage to Palm Desert. The museum will be on your right across from Town Center Square Shopping Center.
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