Known for its celebrated arts and culture scene, Greater Palm Springs offers visitors a chance to explore new, creative dimensions and visual inspiration at its many museums. The Palm Springs Art Museum, located in downtown Palm Springs near several boutique and upscale hotels, features three floors of painting, photography, sculpture and other media, as well as an on-site theater and bistro. The museum’s Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, a few blocks away, is equally inspiring. Other standouts, such as the Palm Springs Air Museum, Sunnylands Center & Gardens, the Coachella Valley History Museum and Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, showcase everything from vintage World War II aircraft and historical archives to Native American artifacts.
It’s easy to spend a day—or two—discovering the destination’s diverse collections. Don’t miss our 48-hour guide to an artsy weekend in Greater Palm Springs, which hits many of the museum highlights. And be sure to mark your calendar for special “free admission” days and on-site events held throughout the year, such as the Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival and the Palm Springs International Jazz Festival.