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Palm Springs Art Museum

101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262 | 760.322.4800
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2 Reviews
Type: Museums & Monuments and Nature & Gardens
Ages: Ages 6 — adult
Cost: $$
Hours of operation: Tu/W/F/Sa/Su 10am-5pm; Th noon-8pm

Free public admission every Thursday from 4 - 8 pm during downtown Villagefest.

2 Reviews for Palm Springs Art Museum

November 26 2012
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"Be still my beating heart"

This Art Museum has an excellent display of permanent collections such as Western and Native American Art and Modern and Contemporary Art with many displays that were interactive and eye-catching to my kids.  Equally impressive were the special exhibits.  My kids loved seeing what sculptures (many of them chairs) were made by the Campana brothers with recycled materials.  The Contemporary Glass collection was thrilling, although I was petrified that my kids might break something.

Is this art museum kid-friendly?  Overall I would say, "Yes!"  The docents were very welcoming to our family and others, and there were several school groups present.  The head docent spoke to us before entering, and kindly, but firmly, told my children that they were not allowed to touch anything and to make sure that they kept a distance.  Within the first five minutes of our visit, my 10 year old reached eagerly out to point to a chair made of bubble wrap and a security guard jumped into action to remind him not to touch.  My hubby and I were most nervous about our 4 and 6 year old which we kept in tight grip during our entire visit.  

On the down-side of "kid-friendly" this museum is strictly no-touch.  My 12 and 10 year olds appreciated the art and could interact with several pieces and really exercise self control.  There was practically nothing for my 4 and 6 year olds that kept their attention without making them want to touch it.  My hubby and I were "done" and stressed out after being there for 30 minutes with our little ones.  I'm all for exposing them to art, but my fear of them touching something, bumping, or breaking something made me very ready to get them out of there quickly.  Bottom line: I HAD to hold their hands the entire time.  And once or twice their little feet slipped forward (purposely) to touch slanted floors, or statues because their hands were being held... aaaugh!

On the plus side of kid-friendly-ness is that children 12 and under are free.  So no matter how long we spent in the museum (30 minutes even), I didn't feel like I wasted money taking my little ones.  I want them to be exposed to art.  My oldest son said, "I want to make things (art) too!" which meant complete success in my mind.

Tip: Despite kids being free, I would suggest waiting until kids are old enough to have self control to walk quietly, keep hands to themselves, and be willing to look at things for at least an hour before taking them to this art museum, perhaps 8-10 and above.  

Our favorite section of the museum was the 3rd floor display of Modern and Contemporary Art.  We skipped the first room to the left with the full-size, naked woman laying on her side and went on to the "Broken Chandelier"  We stared at our upside down reflections in the super-large concave glass and looked through the telescoping convex/concave lens.  There were several surprises of modern art waiting for us and creating laughs and incredible enjoyment on the 3rd floor... don't miss this section!

Disclosure: I was given 2 complimentary tickets to visit this art museum with my family.  I was not asked to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.

December 23 2010
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"Fun with the Family"

The museum specializes in the Coachella Valley environment. It now has 20,000 more square feet with the addition of the Steve Chase wing. The family programs are excetional. Nature hikes depart Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 A.M. Five-day camp sessions are held in summer. Geared to first through eighth graders, programs include desert education and
hands-on art activities.
Adjacent to the Desert Museum is the Annenberg Theater (760–325–4490), which has weekend concerts, especially during the October through April peak season. The Toor Gallery Café serves sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Hours are 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. daily.

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