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Even in challenging times, we hope you will visit – for now, virtually. No matter whether digital of physical, admission is always free.

Learn more about the Palmer

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Palmer at a Glance

Fast facts about visiting, giving, and what’s happening at the Palmer.

Hours

Regular Hours

Tuesday–Saturday | 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday | Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Monday | CLOSED

Special Hours

Reduced Hours (Spring Break)
Saturday, March 7 to Sunday, March 15 | Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Easter
Sunday, April 12 | CLOSED

FREE ADMISSION

Visit

Location

The Palmer is located on Curtin Road near the Forum building, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center-Eisenhower Chapel, and Stuckeman Family building.

Parking

Visitor parking for the Palmer Museum of Art is available for $1 per hour at the Nittany and East Parking Decks.

Palmer Museum Parking Google Map

ADA parking is available in lots adjacent to the Palmer with a valid Penn State day permit in addition to the valid state-issued ADA placard or license plate. One-day permits may be obtained from the University Parking Office in Eisenhower Parking Deck on Shortlidge Road, from campus kiosks, or from the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau on Park Avenue next to Beaver Stadium. ADA parking is also available on each level of the Nittany and East Parking Decks. Elevators are located at the southeast and northwest corners of the Nittany Deck and southwest and northwest corners of the East Deck.

For more information about parking or permits, call the parking office at 814-865-1436.

Tours

Guided tours of the Palmer Museum of Art are offered free of charge for university, school, and community groups of ten or more people.

For more information on tours and scheduling, click here.

Museum Store

Tuesday–Thursday | Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday | 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday | Noon to 4:00 p.m
Monday | CLOSED

For more information on the Palmer Museum Store, click here.

Art

Special Exhibitions

The Palmer rotates nine special exhibitions every year. Currently on view are:

African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collecting

Grounded: Environments in Flux

Drawing on a Legacy: Highlights from the John Driscoll American Drawings Collection

Permanent Collection

Eight of the eleven galleries at the Palmer Museum display art from the museum’s rapidly growing permanent collection of more than 9,600 objects. The Palmer’s strengths include the museum’s collection of American art from the late eighteenth century to the present, Old Master paintings, prints and photography, ceramics and studio glass, and a growing collection of modern and contemporary art.

Click through for specific information on areas of the Palmer collection:

American Art
European Art
Ceramics
Non-Western Art

Collections Database

An online database of the Palmer Museum’s collection contains descriptions of more than 7,000 works of art, as well as images for many of them. The databased is hosted by the Penn State University Libraries.

To access the Palmer Museum Collections Database, click here.

Learn

Educational Resources

Contact Brandi Breslin, Museum Educator, at bgb56@psu.edu or 814-863-9188 for information relating to schools, tours, and educational programming.

Tours

Guided tours of the Palmer Museum of Art are offered free of charge for university, school, and community groups of ten or more people.

For more information on tours and scheduling, click here.

Internships and Student Opportunities

The Palmer Museum of Art offers paid and unpaid internships during the summer semester for Penn State graduate and upper-level undergraduate students. It also seeks student volunteers, called Palmer Student Ambassadors (PSAs) to work with the museum to present programs that encourage visitors to explore world-class art and exhibitions.

For more information on internships or how to become a PSA, click here.

Docents

Docents are knowledgable and approachable volunteer educators who provide tours of the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions to a vast public audience.

For more information on becoming at Docent at the Palmer Museum, click here.

Support

Become a Member

As a Friend of the Palmer Museum of Art, you will enjoy these special benefits for one year:

  • A 10 percent discount on items purchased at the Museum Store (excluding consignment items)
  • Invitations to “members only” events celebrating art, such as private receptions and previews of special exhibitions
  • The most up-to-date information about activities surrounding new exhibitions, collections, and educational programs
  • Palmer Museum of Art newsletter, calendar of events, and digital communications
  • An invitation to the Friends’ annual meeting with special presentation/guest

For more information on how to become a Friend of the Palmer, click here.

Become a Donor

There are many ways to give if you are interested in supporting the Palmer Museum of Art.

For more information on giving to the Palmer, click here.

Contact

Palmer Museum of Art

1-814-865-7673

The Pennsylvania State University
Curtin Road
University Park, PA 16802

Staff

Director – Erin Coe
814-865-7673 | emc73@psu.edu

Assistant Director – Joyce Robinson
814-863-9185| jhr11@psu.edu

Administrative Support Coordinator to the Director – Sheryl Shaffer
814-863-9180 | sks21@psu.edu

Associate Director of Membership and Donor Relations – Amber Krieg
814-863-9191 | adk5@psu.edu

Charles V. Hallman Senior Curator – Patrick McGrady
814-863-9187 | pjm19@psu.edu

Curator of American Art – Adam Thomas
814-863-9186 | amt29@psu.edu

Museum Educator – Brandi Breslin
814-863-9188 | bgb56@psu.edu

Registrar – Beverly Sutley
814-863-9189 | bxb35@psu.edu

Preparator – Craig Witter
814-863-0097 | caw54@psu.edu

Communications Specialist – Sarah Anne Wharton
814-863-9182 | saw534@psu.edu

Security and Facility Manager – Jeremy Warner
814-863-5232 | jrw255@psu.edu

Assistant to the Security and Facility Manager – Dan Esposito
814-867-3022 | ade5024@psu.edu

Museum Store Supervisor – Michele Randall
814-863-9194 | smm10@psu.edu

About

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On View

African Brilliance: A Diplomat's Sixty Years of Collecting

African Brilliance: A Diplomat's Sixty Years of Collecting

African Brilliance presents eight-three objects from a wide-ranging selection of African art from the notable collection amassed by Ambassador Allen Davis. His long career with the U.S. State Department afforded him the opportunity to build an outstanding collection representing many of the key cultures of East, Central, and West Africa that include carved and decorated wooden sculptures, natural fiber and beaded textiles, metalwork, and ceramic pots that represent household, community, and ritual practices.

Drawing on a Legacy: Highlights from the John Driscoll American Drawings Collection

Drawing on a Legacy: Highlights from the John Driscoll American Drawings Collection

The gift of 140 works on paper from Penn State alumnus Dr. John P. Driscoll in 2018 dramatically reshaped the Palmer Museum of Art’s holdings of American art. Drawing on a Legacy is the first exhibition to showcase selections from this significant collection of watercolors and drawings and includes some thirty works by a diverse group of nineteenth-century American artists.

Grounded: Environments in Flux

Grounded: Environments in Flux

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day this spring, Grounded invites us to consider the impact of humankind on the planet, both past, present, and future. This select group of works by contemporary artists celebrates the poetry and power of nature as well as the prosaic reality of environmental degradation resulting from modern interventions.

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Oct 4

Insight: Museum Conversations - Discover the Palmer Museum of Art

Looking for a Parents and Families weekend activity? - Discover the Palmer Museum of Art! Join museum staff, graduate assistants, and interns for an introduction

Events

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Insight: Museum Conversations - A Day in the Life of a Museum Director

Palmer Museum Director Erin Coe
Oct 14

Palmer Museum Director Erin Coe joins student interns for a discussion about what it's like to lead a university art museum. From strategic planning and


Art After Hours: Halloween at Home: Museum House of Horrors

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Oct 29

Gather candy snacks, don an art-inspired costume, and zoom in for a howling good time. Activities begin at 6:00 p.m. with a ghoulishly-inspired INSIGHT: Museum


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Objects in the Permanent Collection

9,600

Thanks to our generous donors, alumni, and Friends, visitors have free-admission access to the Palmer’s world-class collection of more than 9,600 objects, as well as to multiple special exhibitions on view.

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Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State

814-865-7673

Curtin Road
University Park, PA
16802