Events Schedule

Check out all the events and programs upcoming at the Palmer Museum!

Fall Programs

This fall, in-person programs return in full force at the Palmer Museum with lectures, gallery talks, after-hours events, and family programs. Online opportunities are still available with the popular Museum Conversation series as well as other webinar-based talks. See below for our full schedule!

Wednesday, November 9, 5:00 p.m.

Lecture Webinar: Past, Future, and Fantasy at the “Happiest Place on Earth” 

*Updated time = 5:00 p.m.

Disneyland is “the happiest place on earth.” When the park opened in 1955, Walt Disney aimed to bring joy and inspiration to people around the world. In this talk, Sasha Coles will explore the role of the past in Disneyland’s famous attractions and comfortable atmosphere. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Museum’s 50th anniversary exhibition Looking at Who We Are: The Palmer at Fifty and illuminates the complex interaction between history and identity. Coles is the founder of the Enchanted Archives, a digital project that uncovers the historical roots of Disney’s food, aesthetics and attractions.

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Thursday, November 10, 2:30 p.m.

Gallery Talk: Looking at Who We Are: The Palmer at Fifty 

Join the exhibition curatorial team in the gallery for an introduction to the Palmer’s anniversary exhibition celebrating the museum’s first fifty years. The exhibition curators will discuss the role of History, Place, Community, and the Future in the formation of the exhibition.  

Thursday, December 1, 5:00–8:00 p.m.

Art After Hours: Winter Break 

Take a mental health break from end-of-semester stress and refresh your outlook with beautiful art. Enjoy a low-key creative activity and cozy conversation over hot cocoa.  

Museum Store Sunday

Sunday, November 27, noon–5:00 p.m.

Museum Store Sunday and Vintage Ornament Sale

Kick off your holiday shopping and enjoy some festive fare at the Palmer Museum of Art on Museum Store Sunday!

Shop on Museum Store Sunday and save 25% on every item storewide. Members receive an additional 10-20% discount depending on membership level.

Hot cocoa, cider, and cookies will be served from 2-4 p.m. 

Museums foster appreciation and knowledge of art, nature, culture, science, and history. When you purchase a gift from the museum store, you help to sustain the museum’s service to their community and the public.


Make the holidays even more meaningful when you give the gift of membership. Beautifully packaged “gift” memberships will be available. 

Sunday Museum Tours

Explore exhibition and collection highlights with friendly and knowledgeable guides. Every tour is different and lasts about 45–60 minutes. No reservations necessary.

Sunday, November 20 | 2:00 p.m.
Palmer Favorites with Sally Kalin

Sunday, November 27 | 2:00 p.m.
Our Animal Friends with Dotty Ford

Sunday, December 4 | 2:00 p.m.
Celebrations in Art with Elizabeth Wilson

Visitors on a tour at the museum

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