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Enjoy your visit to any of our three locations with a variety of guided tours led by our generous docent volunteers. Our one-hour tours highlight the museum's permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Exhibitions

One hour tours of a current exhibition. Included with admission. Please meet at the Admission Desk to begin your tour.

Brave New Worlds

12:00 pm - Saturday, Sunday, Monday
June 7, 2019 - Labor Day 2019

Highlights of the Collection Tours

One hour tours of the permanent collection are offered free with museum admission. Visitors will have a general tour of the collection excluding special exhibitions. Please meet at the Admission Desk to begin your tour.

1:00 pm - Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 
May 1, 2019 - Labor Day 2019

Group Tours

Docent-led group tours may be arranged by completing the tour request form. Due to the heavy demand for docent-led tours and the limitations of space and docents, we encourage you to schedule your tours as early as possible. Please give at least a two-week advance notice. Group rates for admission are available for groups with 12 or more. Contact us for any questions or to obtain the tour request form.

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Exhibition

One hour tour of the current exhibition. Included with admission. Please meet at the Admission Desk to begin your tour.

Hugh Kaptur: Organic Desert Architecture Tours

Now through July 7, 2019

11:00 am: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Exhibition

A free, one hour tour of the current exhibition. Please meet at the Admission Desk to begin your tour.

This exhibition will be closed from mid-February through mid-April to accommodate other events at our Palm Desert location

Shoulder to Shoulder: Depicting the Figure

11:00 am: Friday, Saturday

Sculpture Garden

A free, one hour tour of the current exhibition. Please meet at the Admission Desk to begin your tour.

Returns in October


The Modern Tour

The general public can access the Frey House II via our official tour operator - The Modern Tour.

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Docent Guided Tour

Docent guided tours of the Frey House II are offered by special request only for Architecture Students, Architects, and approved tour operators with a minimum of 72 hours notice.

Please note this tour is $75 per person ($37.50 for student with ID)(4 person minimum). Also, the museum does not operate tours after 12:00 (noon) on Saturdays or on Sundays.

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The Architects and Visionaries Who Built Palm Springs

9:30 a.m. on Fridays from November 1, 2019, through April 2020

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

Tour begins at the Palm Springs Art Museum, at the bottom of the Museum stairs, 101 Museum Drive.

Join us for a half-mile stroll between two of Palm Springs’ most iconic Desert Modern destinations: the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Architecture and Design Center, both envisioned by E. Stewart Williams, one of the desert’s most prolific and well-known architects. This tour captures the essence of Palm Springs, starting with its early roots in the late 1800s, to the midcentury modern craze and the 21st century-vibe that’s part of our culture today. From our fabled pioneers, imaginative architects and three powerful women who helped start it all, you’ll be fascinated by our ever-changing glamorous resort that continues to be populated by artists, movie stars, wealthy business titans, the Aqua Caliente Indians, and LA hipsters.

Tours presented in partnership with Palm Springs Historical Society.

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Midcentury Modern Icons & their Architects

9:30 a.m. on Saturdays from November 2, 2019, through April 2020

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

Tour begins at Union Bank, on the SE corner of Indian Canyon Drive and Ramon Road.

See the very best examples of mid-century modern architecture as we walk along the town’s main thoroughfare for banking and retail businesses. Learn how this stark yet beautiful landscape captured the imagination of a young and talented group of Desert Modern architects—the movers and shakers who shaped Palm Springs during the post-World War II boom and who created a body of internationally-recognized work during the heyday of the 1950s and ‘60s. These buildings continue to draw people to Palm Springs from all over the world to admire and appreciate their innovative designs in our unique desert setting.

Tours presented in partnership with Palm Springs Historical Society.

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The Modern Tour

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.

The 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.

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.

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