When Was the Palm Springs Art Museum Built?

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The Palm Springs Art Museum is an iconic and renowned museum in the heart of the city of Palm Springs, California. Established in 1938, the museum is renowned for its world-class collections and exhibitions, as well as its commitment to education and public programs. The museum has grown significantly over the past 80 years, expanding to include a campus with four facilities – the Annenberg Theater, the Architecture and Design Center, the Galen Academy of Art, and The Palm Springs Art Museum.

The original building that housed the Palm Springs Art Museum was designed by architect Albert Frey in 1938. It was originally built as a single-story structure with two galleries that were open to visitors for free.

In 1954, an addition was made to the building which included an auditorium with seating for 250 people. This expansion allowed for more art exhibitions and educational programs to be held at the museum.

Over time, more additions were made to accommodate larger exhibitions and more educational programs. In 1972, an outdoor sculpture garden was built adjacent to the museum that featured works by prominent artists such as Henry Moore and Louise Nevelson. The following year, a three-story building was added that contained a library dedicated to art history research.

In 1978, a new wing of galleries was added that doubled both exhibition space and storage capacity. In 1994 an additional wing featuring contemporary art galleries was opened up which included interactive video installations, photography exhibits, and digital media displays.


The Palm Springs Art Museum was first built in 1938 by architect Albert Frey with two galleries open for free visitation. Since then it has had many expansions that have allowed for larger exhibitions and educational programming which include an outdoor sculpture garden, library dedicated to art history research, additional wings of galleries for both contemporary art displays and storage capacity; making it one of the most iconic cultural attractions in Southern California today.