Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Palm Springs

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The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion is the hub of the museum's exploration of architecture and design. Located in downtown Palm Springs the Architecture and Design Center houses related exhibitions, educational, and community programs, as well as research space and vaults for the museum's growing architecture, design collections and archives. Visitors can also explore and shop the Bradford W. Bates Vault: The Museum Design Store.

The building, designed by renowned mid-century modern architect E. Stewart Williams, is located at 300 South Palm Canyon Drive and was originally designed to house the Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan. A prime example of mid-century modern design.
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  • Art of the Chair exhibit couldn't have been better timed -- a highlight of our visit. Loved the building, great location. Museum store in the vault a fun twist. In January of 2022, we needed to... 
    Art of the Chair exhibit couldn't have been better timed -- a highlight of our visit. Loved the building, great location. Museum store in the vault a fun twist. In January of 2022, we needed to...  more »
  • Frankly I was a big disappointed because I didn’t realised the the museum is only a hub for exhibitions and not a “proper” museum however the exhibition on Chairs was really interesting especially... 
    Frankly I was a big disappointed because I didn’t realised the the museum is only a hub for exhibitions and not a “proper” museum however the exhibition on Chairs was really interesting especially...  more »
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  • We visited this architecture museum in downtown to see the Modern Chair exhibition and we were not disappointed! They had a great display of original chairs displayed in a earliest to latest order. Many famous designers were represented including the Eames brothers and Frank Lloyd Wright. The staff was extremely helpful, friendly, and informative. This building is spacious and beautiful, and the drive through window and vault remain, showing evidence that it was originally built as a bank. We will definitely keep returning here!
  • Excellent collection. Small, but very nicely curated, and lots to see museum-adjacent too, and a good rotation of pieces. Worth visiting every few months as stuff filters in and out. Also, plenty of parking and plentiful Electric Vehicle chargers in the garage. Supposedly the restaurant is good too.

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