Plan Your Visit
The Palmer Museum of Art is open!
Admission is always free. Click here to reserve your tickets!
To ensure the well-being of all our visitors and staff, we ask that you please comply with the following Penn State and PA Department of Health guidelines to keep all of us safe.
Closed Monday, Tuesday, and some holidays
Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
The last timed-entry ticket will be at 4:30 p.m. daily.Click here to download instructions on visiting the Palmer.
Instructions for Visiting
Here’s what you need to know:
- Free timed-entry tickets: All visitors must reserve a free timed-entry ticket online via our website prior to arriving at the museum. Availability is limited; to guarantee entrance, please book your ticket via the “Get Tickets” button or by clicking here.
- Ticketing system: Timed tickets for visiting the Palmer will be made through Penn State’s ticketmaster system. You will need to create a login and account if you do not already have one. Below are step-by-step instructions on how to obtain your free Palmer tickets.
- Click the “Get Tickets” box in the opening banner.
- In the main “List of Events” box, click the “Continue” button to the right of the “Palmer Museum of Art timed entry” event.
- From the list of dates and times, select the date and time you plan to visit the Palmer. Add the number of visitors in your party under each appropriate category by using the + and – buttons (you do not need to adjust the “Best Available” dropdown). Click “Find Tickets” at the bottom of the page.
- On the next page, click the green “Add to Cart” button (don’t worry; tickets are free!)
- You will need to sign into Ticketmaster to “purchase” the tickets. Note: if you do not have a Ticketmaster account, click the small blue “Sign Up” hyperlink at the bottom of the sign-in page (next to “New to Ticketmaster?”). Follow the prompts to create an account.
- On the Shopping Cart screen, change the “Select Delivery” dropdown to your preferred electronic delivery method (text or e-mail). To finalize your order, click the blue “Checkout” button.
- You are all set! You will receive an email confirming your purchase. If you selected text as your delivery method, your tickets will be texted to your phone. If you selected email, your tickets will be emailed to you as a PDF attachment. You can either scan the PDF from your phone when you arrive, or print it and scan the printed copy.
- Masks: Visitors are required to wear face coverings or masks for entry. Even if you are vaccinated, you must wear a mask for admittance.
- Social distancing: Visitors must maintain a six-foot distance between others whenever possible. To ensure proper distancing we are limiting capacity in the building.
- Check-in: Timed ticketing is contactless. Just tap your phone on the pedestal at the Visitor Services desk and go! Didn’t have a reservation, no worries! Just check in at the front desk with one of our friendly Visitor Services associates and provide us with your contact information and we will process your ticket. (Your information will not be shared, as it is for contact tracing purposes).
- Parking: Visitor parking for the Palmer Museum of Art is available for $1 per hour at the Nittany and East Parking Decks. 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. For more information about parking or permits, call the parking office at 814-865-1436 or click here.
- Bags: Large items such as backpacks, large bags, camera equipment bags, backpack-style child carriers, and umbrellas are not allowed in the galleries. Lightweight collapsible strollers are permitted.
- Sanitization: Throughout the day, we will be sanitizing high-touch areas of the museum. We will also have hand sanitizer stations located throughout the museum; please use them.
- Navigation:Keeping in mind your safety, look out for our directional signage located throughout the building.
- Food and Drink: Food, beverages, and gum are not allowed in the galleries or auditorium. You can leave travel mugs/plastic water bottles in the cubbies in the coatroom.
- Photography: Non-flash photographs are permitted and encouraged, except when indicated otherwise on labels next to artwork or exhibition signage. Tripods and selfie sticks are not allowed in the galleries. Requests to videotape works of art/galleries or to photograph with tripods and camera equipment should be directed to Beverly Sutley, Registrar, at email@example.com and/or Sarah Anne Wharton, Communications Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sketching: Sketching with pencils and colored pencils is allowed in the galleries. However, markers, ink pens, and other art supplies, including easels, are not permitted. An easy way to remember this is that “wet” or potentially messy art media including paints, ink, chalk, charcoal, oil pastels are prohibited. Large drawing boards or sketch pads (over 18 x 24 inches) are prohibited.
- Gallery Stools: Wooden stools are available for visitors’ use and stacked in various locations throughout the galleries. They are only available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Wi-Fi: Complimentary wireless internet access is available in all indoor public spaces throughout the museum.
If you’re not yet ready to come in person, no problem! We will continue to bring the museum to you virtually through our social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, so make sure you follow us on these channels to stay up to date.
Whether it’s in person or on Zoom, we look forward to seeing you soon. Until then, stay healthy and well!
Now On View
Field Language: The Painting and Poetry of Warren and Jane RohrerFebruary 10 - May 30 Special Exhibition Gallery 1, second floor
Over the course of his four-decade career, from the mid-1950s to the mid-1990s, Rohrer’s paintings became larger and more abstract, but his modernist progression remained consistently engaged with tradition. His abstractions evoke the fields of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where his family farmed for nine generations, while his mark-making recalls the meticulous, repetitive labor of farming and craftwork. Jane Rohrer’s poetry offers narrative context and emotional depth to the experience of her husband’s paintings, registering ambivalence about the relationship of modern artists to tradition and reflecting on the links between painting and poetry.
Featuring some fifty works, including paintings and works on paper, Amish quilts, and examples of Pennsylvania Dutch painted crockery and furniture, Field Language invites us to consider issues of land use, the sustainability of rural communities and cultures, and our own relationships with agricultural landscapes, seasonal change, labor, and human need and desire.
Curated by Joyce Robinson, Assistant Director of the Palmer Museum, in collaboration with guest curators poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Professor of English, and Christopher Reed, Distinguished Professor of English and Visual Culture, the exhibition is accompanied by a multi-author illustrated catalogue available now through Penn State Press or at the Museum Store.
Click here to check out the online companion to the exhibition. This virtual resource includes informative videos, short thematic essays, audio clips of poems, and suggestions for further reading.
Funding for the exhibition was provided through Penn State’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost as part of the University’s Strategic Arts and Humanities Initiative.
Mark Makers: The Language of AbstractionMarch 31 - June 6 Special Exhibition Gallery, second floor
Creating art is in many ways about making marks: brushstrokes on canvas, ink or graphite dashes on paper, lines incised on a sheet of copper or drawn on a lithographic stone. The postwar decades in American art witnessed the primacy of mark making in the calligraphic gestures of Abstract Expressionism, the calculated grids of the Minimalists, and the dizzying striations of Op art. For many artists coming of age in the mid- to late twentieth century, the process or act of making marks was as integral a component of the final work of art as recognizable content or perceived meaning. “My subject is the STROKE,” commented artist Warren Rohrer, who confirmed his vocation as a painter at Penn State in the 1950s and whose abstract work from the following decades is featured in the spring exhibition Field Language.
Drawn largely from the Palmer Museum of Art’s permanent collection and the distinguished collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Mark Makers: The Language of Abstraction brings together paintings, drawings, and prints by a number of notable mark makers, including painter Alma Thomas, who, like Rohrer, drew inspiration from the surrounding landscape even as she moved beyond representational subject matter. Also on view are works by twentieth-century artists who continued to engage with the natural world as they explored abstract mark making, including Leonard Nelson, Mark Tobey, Henry Pearson, and Alan Gussow, and contemporary artists Mary Judge and Jo Margolis.
The presentation of Mark Makers: The Language of Abstraction is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Philadelphia Museum of Art as part of the Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative.
The Wit and Whimsy of Lucille CorcosFebruary 10 - May 9 Special Exhibition Gallery, first floor
A prolific illustrator, Lucille Corcos (1908–1973) depicted American life with an incomparable verve during the mid-twentieth century. Her work became highly sought after by numerous magazines beginning in the 1930s, and she regularly exhibited at galleries and museums into the 1950s. This exhibition, organized by the Palmer Museum and curated by Adam Thomas, Curator of American Art, examines these pivotal decades of Corcos’s career through her small-scale, semi-naïve tempera and watercolor paintings. Featuring recent acquisitions to the Palmer as well as loans from several museums and private collections, The Wit and Whimsy of Lucille Corcos is the first exhibition devoted to the artist in more than twenty-two years.
Snowiss Galleries of American ArtPermanent Collection
The Benjamin and Lillian K. Snowiss Galleries feature American painting and sculpture from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Displayed in three galleries, this core collection of the Palmer Museum’s holdings surveys the major artistic developments in the United States, especially portraiture from the Early Republic, Hudson River School landscapes, genre painting before and after the Civil War, and various cosmopolitan styles of the Gilded Age.
Currently on view in the Snowiss Gallery, you can view a rare and new acquisition for the museum, Grafton Tyler Brown’s Hot Springs at Yellowstone. Read about the important artwork here: https://news.psu.edu/story/650334/2021/03/09/arts-and-entertainment/palmer-museum-art-acquires-rare-and-important-work
Tonkin Gallery of Studio Glass and CeramicsPermanent Collection
The Harold L. and Edythe B. Tonkin Gallery showcases the Palmer Museum’s impressive holdings of contemporary studio glass and ceramics from around the world. On view are objects of dazzling variety and techniques by pioneering artists in the field of studio glass, as well as artists working in glass today from North America, England, Italy, Scandinavia, the Czech Republic, and Japan. The museum’s ceramics collection includes examples from ancient Andean cultures, from historical China and Korea, and from twentieth-century Europe and Japan.
Pincus Gallery of Contemporary ArtPermanent Collection
The David and Gerry Pincus Gallery of Contemporary Art features rotating works of art from the late twentieth century to the present day. The range of media presented includes paintings, sculpture, photography, and works on paper by a diverse group of artists. The collection of contemporary art continues to grow significantly, reflecting the longstanding value the museum has placed on acquiring the work of living artists since its founding.
Harris Gallery of Baroque ArtPermanent Collection
The Morton B. and Mary Jane Harris Gallery features selections from the Palmer Museum’s collection of Old Master paintings. The majority of works on view are from the Baroque, a term that refers to an array of artistic approaches practiced throughout Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Paintings from Italy predominate, but the gallery also includes work by French and Flemish artists. Typical of the period, the paintings are mostly religious in nature, depicting narratives from either the Old and New Testaments or the Golden Legend.
Virtual ResourcesNot ready to visit the museum in person? Visit the #PalmerfromHome through these virtual exhibitions and tours.
Penn State Creates
The Palmer Museum of Art is excited to announce the release of Penn State Creates: A Virtual Exhibition of Design, Craft, and Makery. The virtual gallery walkthrough highlights the unbounded creativity of over 40 Penn State students–both undergraduate and graduate–across colleges and majors, ranging from the visual and performing arts to materials science and medicine. Not limited to traditional artistic media, this dynamic exhibition showcases the diverse creative activities of our university community.
Field Language: Exhibition Online Companion
This online companion acts as a digital accompaniment for Field Language: The Painting and Poetry of Warren and Jane Rohrer, the special exhibition organized by the Palmer Museum of Art. The exhibition examines the art of Warren Rohrer (1927–1995) as it evolved in conversation with poet Jane Turner Rohrer (b. 1928), his partner of nearly fifty years. Field Language traces dialogues between husband and wife, painting and poetry, and between tradition and modernism. This website serves as a digital exploration and will remain accessible while the exhibition is temporarily closed to the public due to maintenance issues at the museum.
Pennsylvania Scenery: Early Landscape Prints from the Tavern Collection
Pennsylvania’s natural beauty figured prominently in early nineteenth-century literary journals and publications celebrating the American landscape.
This virtual exhibition features a selection of picturesque highlights from the “Tavern Collection” of Pennsylvania prints amassed by John C. O’Connor and Ralph M. Yeager and gifted to the museum nearly thirty-five years ago.
Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art.
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Who Am I? Art and Identity
This self-directed, interactive, online tour features a selection of objects from diverse areas of the museum’s collection, related through a common exploration of personal or cultural identity. Suggested lessons and discussion prompts will help support teachers in integrating the tour into class curriculum. Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges.
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Women in Art: Activism and Resistance
This self-directed, interactive, online tour is intended for college-level courses and features a selection of objects by female artists in the museum’s collection. In celebration of the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, this tour highlights artists working in a variety of mediums during the 20th and 21st centuries who have contributed to political, social, and cultural change. Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges.
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Palmer Tools for Teachers: Protest Song Project
Tools for Teachers is an educational resource for classroom teachers powered by the education team at the Palmer Museum of Art. This tool is made to support teachers and build a community of learning with art. The presentation will introduce a tried-and-true lesson created and tested by experienced teachers.
The Protest Song Project is a classroom lesson created by educator Madeilynann “Cookie” Mitchell, AP Art Teacher at Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School in Tampa, Florida. The Protest Song Project focuses on art’s ability to inspire and enact political and social change in the world. In this lesson, students will explore works of art from the Palmer Museum and beyond. Then, using a song of their choice for inspiration, students create their own work of “protest art.”
African Brilliance and the Purpose of Art
This interactive virtual tour accompanied the Palmer’s spring 2020 special exhibition African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collecting and will remain available throughout the current academic year. Explore the exhibition installation, images of selected works, videos for guided viewing, and related art-making activity suggestions. Use your mouse or touch screen to click the navigational buttons included throughout the presentation to move through the tour. (Note: using the Chrome browser may optimize your experience).
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Upcoming ExhibitionsMark your calendars for these special exhibitions coming up later in the year.
Summer Light: American Impressionist Paintings from the Thomas Clark CollectionMay 22 - August 29
As the days grow longer and the weather warmer, the Palmer will welcome summer with the first presentation of American Impressionist paintings from a major forthcoming gift. Featuring more than twenty-five works, this exhibition explores the durability and dissemination of Impressionism in the United States between about 1910 and 1940. The season’s associations with vitality and leisure appealed to a range of artists who painted sun-streaked canvases in the open air. From Maine to Florida, from Texas to California, their bright palettes and broken brushwork rendered all facets of the American landscape and enjoyed popular acclaim. Whether depicting the bustle of harbors and beaches or the radiance of mountains and coastlines, artists adapted, and promoted at summer art colonies, French Impressionist techniques to American sensibilities. Artists featured in the exhibition include Maurice Braun, Hayley Lever, George Loftus Noyes, Carl Peters, Jane Peterson, and Mabel May Woodward, among many others. The works are on loan from Thomas Clark, who intends to bequeath his collection of pre-1940 American Impressionist landscape paintings to the Palmer Museum.
Ukiyo-e: Images of the Floating World, Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Permanent CollectionAugust 28 - December 5
The art of ukiyo-e flourished in Japan during the Edo period (1615–1867), an interval characterized by the introduction and marked growth of a literate and sophisticated merchant class in the country’s urban centers, particularly in the city of Edo, modern Tokyo. Barred from foreign travel by the ruling shoguns, members of this group focused their attention on local amusements, frequenting the theater, visiting brothels, and adopting the most recent fads. This life of contemporary pleasure came to be known as ukiyo, or the “floating world,” as though one might drift through life in a manner of a leaf floating downstream. Artists of the period turned increasingly toward the representation of this new subject matter. Specializing in genre scenes, portraits of actors and courtesans, and later, landscape, in a manner that reflected the most contemporary fashions and attitudes, their work became known as ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world.”
Ukiyo-e: Images of the Floating World features sixteen Japanese woodblock prints that were given to the Palmer Museum over many years by Penn State alumnus William E. Harkins (Class of 1942).
Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family FoundationAugust 28 - December 12 Special Exhibition Gallery 1, second floor
Drawn from the exceptional and diverse collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation, Global Asias examines the cosmopolitan, playful, and subtly subversive characteristics of contemporary Asian and Asian American art. The exhibition highlights the work of sixteen artists of Asian heritage who draw on a rich array of motifs, techniques, and cultural motivations to construct diverse “Asias” in a modern global context.
Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art, the exhibition is divided into three thematic sections. “Exuberant Forms” features work that has the potential to reshape conventional views of abstract art—its composition, palette, materiality as well as its cultural implications, expanding and complicating the canonical narrative of abstraction. “Moving Stories” brings together powerful prints and mixed-media works that reflect on the experiences of migration, both within Asia and beyond. The artists in this section map their own diasporic trajectories, literally and metaphorically, and the art compels the viewer to move and to respond to the shifting socio-political realities of time and place. “Asias Reinvented” highlights two- and three-dimensional works that transform styles and techniques of traditional Asian arts in alignment with the vibes of the contemporary and the cosmopolitan. Combined, the works in Global Asias suggest the plurality and fluidity of “Asia” as cultural construct and creative practice. The exhibition is guest curated by Chang Tan, Assistant Professor of Art History and Asian Studies at Penn State. The exhibition will go on a national tour after premiering at the Palmer Museum of Art.
Place to Place: Recent Gifts of American Drawings and Watercolors, 1900–1950September 14 - December 12
Place to Place offers a jaunt around America in the first half of the twentieth century. From New York to New Mexico to New Orleans, a range of sites in several different media are gathered to explore notions of place. International locales represented include Belgium, England, France, Germany, and Morocco. Conceived at a time when many of us have been stuck in place, this exhibition presents disparate geographical locales depicted by a variety of peripatetic artists, including Colin Campbell Cooper, Marsden Hartley, Charles Webster Hawthorne, Robert Henri, Irene Rice Pereira, and Alice Schille. The thirty drawings and watercolors featured have been given to the museum in the last few years and will be on view for the first time.
Join and Give
There are many ways to get involved with the Palmer Museum of Art! You can become a member, donate, or volunteer. Membership and donations directly support: programming that enriches the lives of children and adults alike; acquisitions of works of art for the museum’s expanding collection; and keeping the museum a vital, free-admission resource for our community and region.
Friends membership is your passport to exploring the collection, exhibitions, and participating in a broad range of exclusive programs. Don’t let the Palmer go it alone! – Share your love of art with others and become a Friend. For information on the benefits of membership, see below or please contact Amber Krieg, associate director of membership and donor relations, at 814-863-9191 or email@example.com.
See the full range of Friends benefits
As a Friend of the Palmer Museum of Art, you will enjoy the special benefits listed here 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 newsletters and digital communications
⛋ An invitation to the Friends’ annual meeting with special presentations/guests
⛋ Reciprocal membership at more than 50 university museums around the country
See membership levels below.
Student – FREE
Young Alumni (35 and under) – $35
Individual – $50
Family/household – $75
Supporting – $150
Sustaining – $250
Exclusive Palmer Museum tote bag (available at the Museum store with your membership card)
Benefactor – $350
All Sustaining Benefits plus: an additional 10 percent discount (20 percent total) on Museum Store purchases and membership in the Print Study club
Curator – $500
All Sustaining benefits plus: a private tour with a curator and other special opportunities
Patron – $750
All Curator benefits plus: a Palmer Museum publication of your choice
Director’s Circle – $1,250
All Patron benefits plus: recognition on the donor board in the museum lobby and a private director’s tour and lunch for you and four invited guests
Collector’s Circle – $2,500 and more
All Director’s Circle benefits plus: membership in the President’s Club University-wide recognition society
A 10 percent membership discount is available to senior citizens 60 and older. For tax purposes, your contribution may be reduced by the value of benefits provided.
Donations of Works of Art
The Palmer Museum of Art accepts donations of art in accordance with its Collections Management Policy and Collections Plan, which examines the nature of the works and their relevance to the museum’s mission and collection. Contact Joyce Robinson, Assistant Director, at 814-863-9185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Museum
About the MuseumThe Palmer Museum of Art on the Penn State University Park campus is a free-admission arts resource for the University and surrounding communities in central Pennsylvania.
Areas of strength include the museum’s collection of American art from the late 18th century to the present, Old Master paintings, prints and photography, ceramics and studio glass, and a growing collection of modern and contemporary art. With a collection of 10,000 objects representing a variety of cultures and spanning centuries of art, the Palmer is the largest art museum between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and is the leading cultural resource for the region.
The Palmer receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and from the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau.