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Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse opens October 1, 2018 through January 14, 2019

Tours of the Scraps exhibition, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday at 11 a.m.



12 158 Securty first WEB

#12-158 Security First National Bank circa 1959 (now Union Bank). Photo courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All Rights Reserved.

Docent Guided Walking Tours

The Architects and Visionaries Who Built Palm Springs

9:30 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays from November 2, 2018 through April 2019

$25 per person, 14 person maximum per tour, 75-90 minutes, includes free admission to Palm Springs Art Museum and A+D Center

Tours presented in partnership with Palm Springs Historical Society


The Historic City Center (tour begins at Palm Springs Art Museum bottom of stairway at 101 Museum Drive)

Join us for a 1/2-mile stroll between two of Palm Springs's most iconic Desert Modern buildings designed and built by E. Stewart Williams: the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Architecture and Design Center. This tour captures the essence of Palm Springs from its early roots in the late 1880s through the midcentury modern craze that redefined and transformed this small desert town into an architectural mecca. You'll hear about our fabled pioneers and architects and three women who had a vision for Palm Springs that enabled it to grow and flourish decade after decade. Stroll through the new downtown park, down Palm Canyon Drive and end at the A+D Center where you can tour the current exhibition. To check availability or to purchase tickets for this tour click HERE


Midcentury Modern Icons of Fashion and Finance (tour begins at Union Bank at Indian Canyon Drive and Ramon Road)

See the very best examples of midcentury modern architecture as we walk along South Palm Canyon Drive -- the town's main thoroughfare -- and learn about the early history of Palm Springs that set the stage for the movers and shakers who were instrumental in shaping its future as a desert resort oasis. The stark yet beautiful landscape captured the imagination of a young and talented group of Desert Modern architects such as Donald Wexler, E. Stewart Williams, Hugh Kaptur, William Pereira and Charles Luckman, Victor Gruen and Associates, and others who created a body of internationally recognized buildings during the heyday of the 1950s and 1960s -- buildings that continue to draw people from all over the world to Palm Springs to admire and appreciate their innovative designs in our unique desert setting. To check availability or to purchase tickets for this tour click HERE.

Special thank you to the Docent Specialists that lead these tours in support of the museum.  

Docent Tours Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Thursday, 4-8 p.m. “ask me” docents on site. - See more at:


The official tour provider for the A+D Center

We invite you to take an intimate tour of interiors and exteriors of legendary Palm Springs homes that feature some of the finest examples of midcentury modern architecture and design. Guests receive free admission to the A+D Center and a complimentary copy of the acclaimed PBS documentary Julius Shulman: Desert Modern.

Ford FlexThe intimate, curated tours last approximately 2-1/2 hours, with a maximum of six (6) guests. All tours are conducted in a 2014 Ford Flex (pictured).

View the work of noted architects, including Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Donald Wexler, Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, William Krisel, and William Cody.

Among the celebrity homes included on the tour are those once owned by Frank Sinatra, William Holden, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Lawford and numerous others.

Private tours for individuals and small groups are available for an additional fee. Corporate tours and event planning are also a specialty of The Modern Tour, having worked with Nike, Interior Design Magazine, NBC, Cadillac, The Getty, YPO, The American Institute of Architects, and General Motors, and many others.

$175 per person

$225 per person - Tours featuring Frey House II (Requires a minimum of 72 hours notice)

For more inforamtion or to make a reservation click HERE

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Tours of Albert Frey's - FREY HOUSE II now available!

Photo Julius Shulman J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute Los Angeles 2004.R.10

Photo: Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)


Michael SternTOUR GUIDE
Michael Stern is the author of the best-selling Rizzoli book, Julius Shulman: Palm Springs and the Director and Producer of the film Julius Shulman: Desert Modern.  He curated the exhibition Julius Shulman: Palm Springs, the largest exhibition of Shulman’s work that has ever been staged, and the largest exhibition ever produced with a focus on Palm Springs’ spectacular collection of midcentury modern architecture.  He has lectured extensively, and has made numerous appearances in film and television discussing the joys of modernism, as well as the Desert Modern style.