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The Palmer Museum of Art, a dramatic structure designed by Charles W. Moore with Arbonies King Vlock, is the most prominent visual arts facility on Penn State's University Park campus. With eleven galleries, a print study room, 150-seat auditorium, and a garden for large-scale contemporary sculpture, the museum is a free-admission cultural resource for students, faculty, staff, community members, and visitors to the Centre Region. 

Eight of the eleven galleries at the Palmer Museum of Art display art from the museum’s permanent collection of more than 9,510 objects. Included are American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, and sculptures; contemporary European and Japanese studio ceramics; Asian ceramics, jades, paintings, and prints; and objects from ancient European, African, and Near Eastern cultures. In addition to displays of its permanent collection, the museum presents an exciting schedule of nine rotating exhibitions and more than 100 annual museum programs and events throughout the year that enrich the lives of children and adults alike.