Palm Desert Museums


Art Exhibits

ArtPalm Desert’s award winning Art in Public Places program features more than 140 works of art displayed throughout the City. This museum without walls is free to tour. Guided maps are available online or at the Palm Desert Visitor Center.

More than 20 galleries grace El Paseo alone, plus 18 sculptures line the median of this street. Free, docent guided tours of the art are offered the second Saturday of every month. On the first Thursday of each month, galleries along the famed boulevard stay open late for the El Paseo Art Walk (October – May). All this, just two-blocks from your stay at Shadow Mountain Resort.


Art Museums

New to the art-minded city of Palm Desert is the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert. Home to changing exhibitions throughout the year, a variety of community events and a stunning 2-acre sculpture garden, this is one attraction not to be missed. The main Palm Springs Art Museum, located near downtown Palm Springs, features contemporary and Western American art, culture, natural history.

In nearby La Quinta you’ll find diverse offerings of events, activities and programs providing cultural enrichment (learn more).

Palm Springs Art Museum

Woman Looking at Art is Museum

Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the museum is the perfect addition to a lunch and shopping trip with the girls or family. In addition to displaying wondrous works of art, they offer workshops and classes.

Palm Springs Air Museum

Fighter Plane Exhibit

The Palm Springs Air Exhibit has an amazing inventory of historical planes like the Curtis P40 Warhawk and the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. You can even book a ride in a vintage Wardbird C-47 Skytrain or P-51D Mustang!

Children’s Discovery Museum

Family at Museum

This gem is a fun place to keep the kids entertained throughout the summer and year. Offering a ton of exhibits that children can interact with, like the “Imagine This!” exhibit, the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert is sure to please.