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):

Sunday, November 18, noon to 4:00 p.m.
Monday, November 19, closed.
Tuesday and Wednesday, November 20 and 21, noon to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, November 22 (Thanksgiving) and November 23 (Black Friday), closed.
Saturday and Sunday, November 24 and 25, noon to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 22 to Tuesday, January 1, 2019, closed.


Most campus parking lots are open for free visitor parking on weekends. Lots are restricted Monday through Friday. Day permits may be purchased at the University Parking Office in Eisenhower Parking Deck on Shortlidge Road, at campus kiosks, or at the Centre County Convention & Visitors Bureauon Park Avenue, next to Beaver Stadium. The most convenient place to drop off groups is the bus stop next to the museum on Curtin Road. For group or special needs parking, call the parking office at 814-865-1436.

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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 814-865-7672.


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.