Palm Springs Museums

From airplane museums to Native American museums, Palm Springs boasts plenty of educational attractions for your next family vacation to the Renaissance Hotel and Spa.

Palm Springs Air Museum – Palm Springs, CA

The Palm Springs Air Museum is the famous home to some of the greatest fighting machines of WWII. At any given time, you will find a Hellcat, Wildcat, P-51 Mustang, P-47 Thunderbolt, B-25 Mitchell, and the most majestic bomber, a B-17 Flying Fortress.

Robert Pond’s collection at the Palm Springs Air Museum is truly amazing, and on every other Saturday, the roaring sound of these mighty engines are heard throughout Palm Springs as they’re revved up for dramatic fly-overs!

Palm Springs Art Museum – Palm Springs, CA

Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Art Museum features a sophisticated collection of art, loaned or donated. This Palm Springs museum embraces an art collection that rivals urban metropolitan museums, and showcases works from Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Donald Judd, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Robert Rauschenberg, Antony Gormley, and Ansel Adams.

Spread over the 150,000 square feet, the museum boasts major collections of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design, and Native American and Western art. It has two outdoor sculpture gardens, a café featuring American and Continental cuisine, and a museum store that includes one-of-a-kind gifts and art-related merchandise. The museum is open every day except Mondays and major holidays,

Cabot’s Old Indian Pueblo Museum – Desert Hot Springs, CA

Featuring a Native American art gallery and real trading post, Cabot’s Old Indian Pueblo Museum is a Hopi-styled structure that was carefully crafted over a 20-year period. Open Tuesday – Sunday from 9 am – 4 pm, learn all about the Native American culture at this Palm Springs Museum.

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert – Rancho Mirage, CA

This interactive museum near Palm Springs is the perfect retreat for the kids! Offering over 50 exhibits for children to manipulate, explore, and discover, it even includes an archaeological dig where children can search for actual Cahuilla Indian artifact replicas.

The Children’s Discovery Museum also boasts an Outdoor Amphitheater, the Dinah Shore Center for Performing Arts, a Covered Picnic Area, Community Gardens, and a beautifully landscaped campus. Its offer many great children’s programs, including camps and birthday parties, all year round.

Coachella Valley Museum & Cultural Center – Indio, CA

This museum near Palm Springs, CA features the handiwork and artistry of those native to the Coachella Valley! Open to Palm Springs guests from Wednesday – Saturday.

Jude E. Poynter Golf Museum – Palm Desert, CA

This Palm Springs museum proves how important golf is to the Coachella Valley! Dedicated to the Coachella Valley’s most popular sport, this golf museum is Palm Springs is open from 8 am – 8 pm everyday and admission is free!

The Palm Springs Historical Society – Palm Springs, CA

Built in 1885, The McCallum Adobe was the first pioneer home built in Palm Springs, CA. Nine years later, Palm Springs’ first hotel owner, Welwood Murray, created Miss Cornelia White’s “Little House” out of railroad ties.

Now a Palm Springs museum, it’s also the home of Palm Springs’ first telephone. Both are open to the public from October through May.

General George Patton Memorial Museum – Chiriaco Summit, CA

Dedicated to the life of the famous commander of the US 3rd Army who miraculously rescued the Americans trapped at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. The General George Patton Memorial Museum does proud justice to one of the greatest military leaders in American history. Open daily from 9 am – 5 pm.

Twentynine Palms Historical Museum

Archaeological artifacts from the early Sarrano/Morongo tribes are displayed alongside those of the first pioneering settlers. Open Wednesdays through Sundays from 1 pm to 4:00 pm.