Palm Springs Art Museum – A Gem in the Desert
The excited chatter and arm-tugging were the first signs I had picked a winner. Museums are tricky with children and for some, a visit to the museum is as welcome as a trip to the dentist. This was not the case at the Palm Springs Art Museum in California, USA.
After a delicious lunch al fresco in the welcoming sculpture garden seated next to Jim Dine’s Twin 6’ Hearts, we entered the modern building in downtown Palm Springs, home to major collections including modern, contemporary as well as Native American art.
Inside the Palm Springs Art Museum
Right from the start, the giant playful canine in the main lobby – Yoshitomo Nara’s Your Dog – set the tone for a joyful exploration of the museum.
Antony Gormley’s Apart X captivated my attention, and while I was pondering and photographing, the boys were checking out the surrounding displays.
Climbing the stairs, I altered my course to move around an old couple resting on the bench. Something caught my attention – the people weren’t moving – at all. Duane Hanson’s Old Couple on a Bench is fascinating. I hope I’m not the only person that thought they were real.
Once upstairs, Erwin Wurm’s Fat Car drew the children like a magnet.
LA pop artist Robert Therrien’s No Title (stacked plates, butter) made us laugh and feel a little dizzy as we circled the display.
Don’t miss The Last Outpost by Llyn Foulkes, a mixed media assemblage along with a thoughtful poem about the journey from boyhood to old man.
While the Palm Springs Art Museum is family-friendly and approachable, the collection is serious with works from Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Donald Judd, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Robert Rauschenberg, Antony Gormley and Ansel Adams. The Palm Springs Art Museum is fabulous – go see it! Your kids and even a reluctant spouse will enjoy it.
- The Palm Springs Art Museum, located at 101 Museum Drive in old Palm Springs, features a free community day on the second Sunday of every month and admission is complimentary every Thursday from 4-8 p.m.
- You may also want to visit the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Centre at 300 South Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. We received a $5 discount on our tickets at the Palm Springs Art Museum after visiting the Architecture and Design Centre.
- Teens between the ages of 13-19 might be interested in the TeenStudio Projects art classes. Visit the Palm Springs Art Museum website to learn more.
 Jim Dine, American, born 1935, Twin 6’ Hearts, patinated and painted bronze, edition 2/6, Collection Palm Springs Art Museum, Gift of Donna and Cargill MacMillan, Jr., © Jim Dine, 94-2008
 Yoshitomo Nara, Japanese, born 1959, Your Dog, 2002, fiberglass, edition 4/6, Collection Palm Springs Art Museum, Gift of Donna and Cargill MacMillan, Jr., © Yoshitomo Nara, 18-2011
 Antony Gormley, English, born 1950, Apart X, 2003, mild steel blocks, Collection Palm Springs Art Museum, Gift of Donna and Cargill MacMillan, Jr., © Antony Gormley, 95-2008
 Duane Hanson, American, 1925-1996, Old Couple on a Bench, 1995, polychromed bronze and mixed media with accessories, edition 2/2, Collection Palm Springs Art Museum, Museum Purchase with funds provided by Muriel and Bernard Myerson, © Estate of Duane Hanson / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, 2-1998a-c
 Erwin Wurm, Austrian, born 1954, Fat Car, 2001, metallic paint, Styrofoam and polyester, edition 5/8, Collection Palm Springs Art Museum, Museum Purchase with funds provided by Donna MacMillan, ©Erwin Wurm, 2014.93
 Robert Therrian, American, born 1947, No Title (stacked plates, butter), 2007, plastic, Collection Palm Springs Art Museum, Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council, Donna and Cargill MacMIllan, Jr., and funds derived from a previous gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Maslon, © Robert Therrien, 13-2011
 Llyn Foulkes, American, born 1934, The Last Outpost, 1983, mixed media assemblage, Collection Palm Springs Art Museum, Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council, 1989, © Llyn Foulkes