Palm Springs, CA

By Lynne Tucker

As one of the best destinations in the world for midcentury modern architecture, Greater Palm Springs is the perfect home for the country’s first free-standing architecture and design museum. Opened in 2014, the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion is a must-see for architecture lovers and tourists alike.

Housed in the historic 1961 Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan building (designed by E. Stewart Williams) in downtown Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center showcases classic midcentury international style. Not only is the building a Class I Historic Site, but its ground-level glass pavilion space also features architecture and design exhibitions. Whether you’re coming to Greater Palm Springs for Modernism Week or want to add midcentury vibes to your next visit, this modernism museum is the perfect stop.



Hugh Kaptur: Organic Desert Architecture Exhibition

The one-hour tour of the current exhibition is included with admission. Please meet at the Admission Desk to begin your tour.

Now through June 17, 2019

11 a.m.: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

2 p.m.: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Adults $5

Free admission every Thursday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. (sponsored by the City of Palm Springs)

Always free for children under 18, active duty military and their family, and NARM and ROAM participants.


Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

Monday 10:00am-5:00pm

Tuesday 10:00am-5:00pm

Wednesday Closed

Thursday Noon-8:00pm

Friday 10:00am-5:00pm

Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

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Lynne Tucker is a travel writer and photojournalist based in Palm Desert CA