Palmer Museum of Art

Palmer Museum of Art

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 Palmer Museum is a cultural resource for students, faculty and staff, the local community, and residents of the surrounding Centre Region.

The Palmer Museum of Art Floorplan

Museum Hours

Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m. 

Closed Mondays and some holidays

Special hours (days the museum will have reduced public hours around the holidays):

Saturday, December 21, 2019–Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Thursday, January 2–Sunday, January 12, 2020
REDUCED HOURS - Noon to 4:00 p.m.


 (effective July 1, 2019)

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 Centre County Convention & Visitors 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 or visit



The Palmer Museum of Art is accessible to most audiences. The museum encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. For further information on accessibility, please call 814-865-7673.


The Palmer Museum of Art is located on Curtin Road near the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center-Eisenhower Chapel.

Driving Directions

The Palmer Museum of Art is on Penn State's University Park campus, located in the town of State College. The campus is accessible from Routes 322, 220, and 26. Allow three hours from Pittsburgh, four hours from Philadelphia or Washington, D.C., and five hours from New York City.

Rules on Photography

Personal photography of the permanent collection is permitted using available light only. Tripods, flash attachments or other lighting, and movie and video cameras are not permitted in the museum. Photographing special exhibitions is prohibited. Photographs of objects in the museum's permanent collection can be requested from the museum's registrar. Please call 814-863-9189.