Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs

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Located in a building that itself is a work of art, Palm Springs Art Museum boasts a collection by prominent modern and contemporary artists. Hidden in this desert oasis are the works of Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and many others. Contemporary design, painting, sculpture, and photography reside with Native American and Mesoamerican art. The two styles seamlessly blend and bring out the essence of the American Southwest as the meeting point of the two worlds, ancient and modern. Temporary exhibits boost the rich permanent collection. The museum offers very popular, expert guided tours. If you’re interested in taking part, you should make a telephone reservation ahead of time. Before you visit Palm Springs, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • The museum was larger than we expected, with lots of exhibit space. We saw contemporary art by some of our old favorites and were introduced to some new interesting artists. Super-glad we made the... 
    The museum was larger than we expected, with lots of exhibit space. We saw contemporary art by some of our old favorites and were introduced to some new interesting artists. Super-glad we made the...  more »
  • It's on the smaller side for a museum but the exhibitions were top-notch with a good variety. Emphasis on southern California artists over the past several decades. Took just an over hour to make it....  more
    It's on the smaller side for a museum but the exhibitions were top-notch with a good variety. Emphasis on southern California artists over the past several decades. Took just an over hour to make it....  more »
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  • The modern art shines at this jewel in the desert. Visitors are "greeted" outside by a several stories tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe. Inside the collection spans modern, native American, glass, and photography.. There is a cafe with adjoining sculpture garden for outdoor dining. The 1968 Chevy Malibu suspended vertically above the ground is thought provoking.
  • I went on a Sunday, and they were having an issue with their ticketing system so they let me in for free, a fun surprise, and thank you. Peaceful inside, exhibits on display are timely and interesting. Dwayne Hansen‘s Old Couple on a Bench was particularly well done and disturbing… At least for me. When I walked around the corner I thought this older couple was just tired and sitting, looking forward and disconnected from each other. As I stepped closer I realized that they weren’t real. Hansen captured an older couple so bored and disconnected, seemingly unfulfilled and out of time, out of shape, from what I gather neither having found passion… it made me cry because it captured an incredibly real fear of mine. To get to that stage of my life not having realized dreams or passion with intensity sounds too horrible to bear, and I found that I just couldn’t look at the older couple for the rest of my time in the museum. I’d like to spend at least one other afternoon at this museum reading through the exhibits again. I was in such a bad place after looking at the older couple that I didn’t appreciate some of the other lighter works.

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