On a roasting Thursday afternoon in July, my sister & I trekked from the Avalon Hotel to the Palm Springs Art Museum, yes, you might be googling it now and be thinking “guys, it’s literally a 10 minute walk” and yes, you would be correct, but damn the high summer sun was unforgiving that day. During our “journey”, I felt like we were adventurers of some kind, about to consume our last drop of water, exploring the Australian outback. Dramatics aside, we arrived and were greeted by grand parallel staircases and made our way into the cool air filled, open space.
I wouldn’t say we are museum connoisseurs, we’re the kinds of people who stumble from exhibition to exhibition, hoping to find pieces that inspire us, typically if we’re not into the first couple of pieces, we whiz through until we find something a little more..to our taste.
The wild flower, cacti filled outdoor area was probably my favourite part of the whole museum. A variety of sculptures and water features also lived within these concrete walls and though everything was encased in so much stone, there was still something about the sculpture garden that felt so refreshing, like you could spend the day trying to decipher Baudelaire poems whilst eating ice-cream sandwiches; ..yeah that was oddly specific, I know, but you get the picture, the garden had a calm like quality to it.
If when you’re in town & want to save some money, head there late afternoon (4pm-8pm) on a Thursday, like we did, as admission is free.
Address: 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92262
Opening Details: Sun, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m; Thu ,12-8 p.m.; free 4-8 p.m; Wed, Closed