Profile of the Palm Springs Art Museum in California

Palm Springs Art Museum
••• The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Springs, California. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images


The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Springs, California was established in 1938.

The Museum has 3 locations in Palm Springs and Palm Desert, and is the largest cultural institution in the Coachella Valley in California.

The Museum has a permanent collection of Modern and contemporary art, Native American artifacts, photography, and architecture and design works.


The Palm Springs Art Museum was established in 1938, and currently has three locations:

The main building is located in downtown Palm Springs. The 150,000 square foot building houses the permanent collection and includes a 433-seat theater.

Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center focuses on architecture and design.

Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is 8,400 square foot, and is surrounded by a four-acre sculpture garden.

At its inception, the Palm Springs Art Museum exhibited Native American artifacts and featured displays of the natural sciences. It was not until 1958 that fine art was exhibited, once a permanent structure with upstairs galleries was built to house the collection.


The Museum's mission, according to their website, is:

"As a cultural and educational leader in the greater desert community, the Palm Springs Art Museum provides extraordinary creative encounters based on its collections of modern and contemporary art and traditional art of the Americas."


The Palm Springs Art Museum is located at 101 Museum Drive in Palm Springs, California.

Please refer to the museum's website for directions and further information.

Museum's Conservation Department:

The Palm Springs Art Museum has a permanent collection, so it requires the services of an art conservator to preserve and restore artworks.

To learn more about the field of art conservation, please see interviews with conservators.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Palm Springs Art Museum has a permanent collection of painting and sculpture by renowned Western artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, and Henry Moore.

Works by west coast artists such as Sam Francis, Robert Arneson, and Edward Ruscha are included.

The Museum's collection includes Classic Western American Art by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and Agnes Pelton.

Noteworthy Facts:

Employment Information:

The Museum does not post employment opportunities on its website. However, the Museum posts docent and volunteer listings in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, collections, exhibitions, marketing, sales, and security. 

How to Apply for a Job:

Applicants can apply to volunteer positions in which they qualify by submitting their applications via the Museum's online form.

Museum's Contact Info:

  • Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs CA 92262. Tel: 760-322-4800.
  • Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, 300 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262. Tel: 760-423-5260
  • Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, 72-567 Highway 111, Palm Desert CA 92260. Tel: 760-346-5600

 Palm Springs Art Museum's website

Palm Springs Art Museum Hours:

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Closed holidays and during the month of August