The Thriving Palm Springs Art Scene

If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.
— Edward Hopper


Art takes many forms and speaks in every language. From music, film, and photography to painting, sculpture, and architecture, art has the power to reach us in a way that words cannot. It helps us to feel our thoughts and brings deeper meaning to our lives.

Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley have been a hub of the American art scene for a century, attracting artists from around the world. Today, the legacy of luminaries such as Georgia O’Keefe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ansel Adams, and Charles Eames is evident everywhere in Palm Springs. 

If you are planning a trip here, make time to visit some of the numerous Palm Springs art galleries and museums the town is famous for.

Agua Caliente Museum

This architecturally stunning new museum in Palm Springs is dedicated to the art and history of the Agua Caliente people. The permanent and changing exhibits showcase their culture and land through immersive, interactive displays that include Indigenous craft, storytelling, and photography. There is also a permanent outdoor oasis exhibit called the Oasis Trail. It features the landscape of the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon, the traditional home of the Agua Caliente people.


Palm Springs Art Museum

Few museums in the country are more renowned for mid-century modern art and design than Palm Springs Art Museum. Since relocating to its current home in 1976, it has evolved into one of the most influential art institutions in America. The Palm Springs art museum exhibits are a showcase for modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design. Upcoming exhibits include: 

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•   David Hockney: Perspective Should be Reversed, a collection of prints. 


Palm Springs Architecture and Design Center

Adjacent to the Art Museum, the Architecture and Design Center (ADC) highlights the history of architecture and design in Palm Springs and the legacy that continues to influence and inspire. The collection includes the historically significant Frey House II designed by legendary architect Albert Frey and the off-site Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden, located in nearby Palm Desert.


Vintage Shopping

One of many favorite things to do for art lovers in Palm Springs is to explore the multitude of antique stores, fashion boutiques, artisan studios, and small galleries. Palm Springs is one of the best vintage shopping destinations anywhere. It is a fun way to explore the town, stop in at a café or restaurant along the way, and find a unique, one-of-a-kind gift for someone special, or yourself.

After a day of artistic inspiration, Parker Palm Springs offers the perfect environment for rest and relaxation. Inspired by the mid-century modern movement, the hotel interiors are by renowned American designer Jonathan Adler. Irreverent and stylish, it almost feels like an art gallery, with the added benefit of award-winning food and beverage, amenities and experiences, and on-property spa.


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