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Palm Springs Art Museum

The story of the West and famous faces from the past all come alive at this Palm Springs institution.  

Established in 1938 in a small room, the Palm Springs Art Museum has since evolved far beyond what its founders likely imagined. The permanent collection alone now numbers over 20,000 pieces. The building’s modern architecture perfectly complements the surrounding sparse, desert landscape.  

The Native American and Art of the West exhibit is as diverse as the people it represents. From Navajo rugs to the sculptures and paintings of Frederic Remington, this collection fills nine of the museum’s 28 galleries.

In the Mesoamerican exhibit, examine 2,000-year-old figures of warriors, shamans and musicians — a contrast to the more recent creations in the Modern exhibit. The museum’s gallery of photography is well worth a stroll through. The Hollywood and Portraits section featuring interesting, candid shots of Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Rock Hudson. Well-known photographers are well-represented in the contemporary section; Antony Gormley, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth all have works on show here.

The Architecture and Design exhibit provides a deep understanding of the Desert Modern Style architecture you’ll see throughout Palm Springs. This collection includes a spectacular hillside home, The Albert Frey House, donated to the museum by the renowned Palm Springs architect when he passed away in 1998.

If time is tight, join one of the museum’s guided tours for the highlights. A volunteer will walk you through some of the most popular objects in the permanent and special exhibitions. These informative tours are free with the admission price, although visitors are requested to book reservations at least two weeks in advance. 

Unleash your creative talents in one of the museums workshop’s and classes, where you can learn various forms of painting and drawing. There’s also a great program of children’s activities. Check the museum’s website for dates and prices. 

The Palm Springs Art Museum is open daily except Mondays and major holidays. It’s located on Museum Drive, in downtown Palm Springs. There is free parking on site.


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Hilton Palm Springs Resort $106
Hilton Palm Springs Resort

Hilton Palm Springs Resort

400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Theatre and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Convention Center and Palm Springs Art Museum are also within 15 minutes.

    Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel $180
    Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

    Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

    100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Palm Springs Art Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Palm Springs Visitor Center. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Big League Dreams Sports Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Palm Mountain Resort and Spa $82
      Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

      Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

      155 S Belardo Road, Palm Springs, CA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Jacinto Mountains and Palm Springs Art Museum. Palm Springs Convention Center and Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Hyatt Palm Springs $134
        Hyatt Palm Springs

        Hyatt Palm Springs

        285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of O'Donnell Golf Club, Palm Springs Art Museum, and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Convention Center is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

          Best Western Plus Las Brisas Hotel $90
          Best Western Plus Las Brisas Hotel

          Best Western Plus Las Brisas Hotel

          222 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Convention Center and Palm Springs Art Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs $132
            Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs

            Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs

            415 South Belardo Rd, Palm Springs, CA
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ruddy's General Store Museum and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Convention Center and Palm Springs Art Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel $149
              Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

              Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

              888 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Palm Springs Convention Center and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Art Museum is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

                Holiday House Palm Springs $159
                Holiday House Palm Springs

                Holiday House Palm Springs

                200 W. Arenas Rd., Palm Springs, CA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is steps from Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Convention Center and Palm Springs Art Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).