Palmer Plaza, late Aug 2022

Explore the Palmer

Plan Your Visit

The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is located on the University Park campus. Admission is always free. Check-in is via our Visitor Services at the front desk. Click here to plan your visit!

Closed Monday and some holidays


Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.


CLOSED – Thanksgiving Break – Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25

CLOSED – Winter Break – Friday, December 23, 2022 through Monday, January 2, 2023

The Palmer Museum of Art is open regular hours this week, Tuesday–Sunday.

Now on View

Pancrace Bessa (French, 1772–1846), Hyacinthus Orientalis, 1810–1826, watercolor on white vellum, 7 3/8 x 4 9/16 inches. Presented in memory of James Rea Maxwell Jr., Class of 1921, 74.4

The Art of Remembering: A Selection of Gifts

August 26-December 18, 2022

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Eleanor Antin (American, b. 1935), Going Home from Roman Allegories, 2004, chromogenic print, 48-1/2 x 102-3/4 x 2 inches. Purchased with funds provided by the Donald W. Hamer Endowment for Art Acquisitions and Exhibitions, 2006.29. © Eleanor Antin

Looking at Who We Are: The Palmer at Fifty

September 23-December 18, 2022

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NEW Palmer Museum

The Palmer Museum of Art is constructing a new museum within the Arboretum at Penn State to replace the current building on Curtin Road. The innovative new Palmer will be a larger facility that features education spaces, including a teaching gallery, flexible event spaces, and nearly twice the exhibition space of the current museum, allowing for expanded student, faculty, and public access to Penn State’s growing collection of 10,260 works of art.


To access information about the new Palmer Museum of Art and the Arboretum at Penn State, please click to view the new fly-through animation of the new museum or visit our online media room below.



Online Media Room


See below for upcoming events at the Palmer Museum or click below for our full Events Schedule.

Tuesday, September 27, 4:00 p.m.

Museum Conversation: Looking at Who We Are: The Palmer at Fifty
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Birthday cake

Thursday, September 29, 5:00–8:00 p.m.

Art After Hours: Museum Birthday Bash
Palmer at 3 Dots

Tuesday, October 4, 5:00–8:00 p.m.

The Palmer at 3 Dots Downtown
Community Day

Saturday, October 8, Noon–4:00 p.m.

Community Day: Parents & Families Weekend at the Palmer

Upcoming Exhibitions

Designed for the Future: The New Palmer Museum of Art at the Arboretum

October 15-May 7, 2023

Designed for the Future focuses on the transformational new building for the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State. The new 71,254-square-foot museum will directly neighbor the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens in The Arboretum, substantially boosting access to the university’s art collections for students, faculty, staff and the public. Designed by Allied Works Architecture, the new Palmer will seamlessly integrate art, architecture and nature, and nearly double the space for the exhibition, study and stewardship of the collection and special exhibitions. Internationally known for their sensitive and elegant bridging of nature and architecture, Allied Works was selected as the architect based on their deep expertise in the design of arts and educational facilities and for their interdisciplinary and collaborative approach. This exhibition will present the architect’s model, drawings, plans, renderings and a fly-through animation that will allow visitors to truly envision the dynamic and innovative design for the future home of the Palmer Museum of Art, which is anticipated to open in 2024.   Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art.

Learn & Teach

Connect with the Palmer Museum’s diverse collections and exhibitions through tours, programs, and resources for learners of all ages.
Visitors on a tour at the museum


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Online Resources


Online Resources
Palmer Museum holds virtual and in-person programs


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Permanent Collection Galleries

Snowiss Galleries of American Art

Snowiss Galleries of American Art

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Tonkin Gallery of Studio Glass and Ceramics

Tonkin Gallery of Studio Glass and Ceramics

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Pincus Galler of Contemporary Art

Pincus Gallery of Contemporary Art

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Harris Gallery of Baroque Art

Harris Gallery of Baroque Art

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Your presence at any Palmer Museum program, event, exhibition, or activity indicates your agreement to adhere to all university policies, including health and safety policies such as masking if applicable, and your acknowledgment that you are voluntarily participating. You further acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and assume any and all risk of exposure to or infection by it or any variant thereof, including, without limitation, personal injury, illness, severe complications, permanent disability, and/or death.