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The Galen and the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden

The Galen

The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert opened in March of 2012 and serves the middle and easternmost side of the Coachella Valley. It features an architecturally distinctive, LEED-certified 8,400-square-foot building named The Galen that presents ongoing and temporary exhibitions of internationally important art in different media, including sculpture, painting, photography, and new media. The building itself is architecturally significant in not only its modern design but also in the fact that it was the first new LEED Certified, SILVER rated building constructed in Southern California, a designation used to identify high performance "green" buildings.

The interior of the building houses four separate gallery areas for rotating exhibits as well as the Annette Bloch Education Wing, which presents educational programs for visitors of all ages that accompanies the exhibitions. School tours, artist demonstrations, curatorial lectures, art films, community days, family events, and other learning programs are also presented in this space. The education wing enhances the museum's capacity for creative partnerships with local organizations, schools and universities for after-school classes and intern/mentor programs. It also provides a space for social programs for area libraries and galleries.

Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden

The Galen building is surrounded by the four-acre Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden that features more than 10 significant sculpture works on view surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. Set in a lushly landscaped desert oasis of water features, native plants and winding walkways dotted with natural rock benches, the sculpture garden houses the art of modern masters, including works by Donald Judd, Betty Gold, Yehiel Shemi , Felipe Castaneda, Jesús Bautista Moroles, Dan Namingha, Gio Pomodoro, and Dave McGary. The 250,000 square feet of sculpted, rolling landscape covered with native plantings, winding pathways, and water features is the most important sculpture garden between Los Angeles and Phoenix. The sculpture garden is open year round with no admission fee.

Self-Guided Garden Tour
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Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert
72-567 Highway 111 
Palm Desert, CA 92260 
Located at Entrada del Paseo at the westernmost intersection of Highway 111 and El Paseo

Tues-Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Mon and major holidays

The Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden is always open

Free admission to the public every day, made possible by Helene Galen.


Become a Friend of Palm Desert!

The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is continuing to invite enrollment in the "Friends of Palm Desert" as part of its membership campaign.

Friends of Palm Desert members will receive the following special benefits:

  • Name listed on the Friends of Palm Desert plaque at the Palm Desert facility
  • A one-year complimentary membership in the prestigious President's Circle whose extensive benefits include:
  • Listing on the President's Circle panel in the Hall of Donors at the Palm Springs Art Museum (Palm Springs location)
  • Annual President's Circle cocktail party
  • VIP Preview tours prior to exhibition openings
  • Two President's Circle membership cards to ensure prompt, free admission to all three museum locations
  • Complimentary Dual gift membership to the person of your choice
  • Additional membership cards for children and grandchildren (17 & under) upon request
  • 12 complimentary guest-admission passes
  • 20% discount in the Museum Store
  • Invitation to premier council tours and events
  • One complimentary catalogue/museum publication each year
  • Complimentary tickets to selected Annenberg Theater performances
  • Discount on rental of Palm Springs and Palm Desert facilities for a private event

In addition, Friends of Palm Desert will receive discounts for classes, lectures, performances and special events, use of the museum library and Archive Study Center (by appointment) as well as reciprocal free admission to over 850 museums.

Aside from the Founder's Society and Friends of Palm Desert membership levels, standard museum membership is also now open for all who wish to take advantage of both the Palm Springs, Palm Desert and Architecture and Design Center location offerings.

Anyone interested in becoming a "Friends of Palm Desert", joining the museum or upgrading an existing membership, contact Michael Hinkle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 760-989-2212.