Palm Springs is well known as the ultimate resort destination, ripe with golf courses, swimming pools and enviable weather all year long. As such, the Coachella Valley's collection of museums might surprise you. There's something for everyone to discover and enjoy in Palm Springs' museums, from World War II history and the culture of the native Cahuilla people to contemporary art exhibits and pristine gardens.
The downtown Palm Springs area has a number of museums for you to choose from. The Palm Springs Art Museum houses contemporary and modern art exhibits from some of the finest artists in the world. In recent years, the museum has hosted works by artists like Pablo Picasso and Dale Chihuly. PSAM is also home to artifacts and artwork reflected Cahuilla culture. Nearby, you can see one of the world's largest collection of flyable World War II planes at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Here, you can learn all about the history and impact of World War II from exhibits and the docents, most of whom are combat veterans.
If you have little ones, don't miss the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert. The exhibits here focus on hands-on learning experiences, making the museum a fun adventure for the entire family. No matter what your interests or schedule, there are plenty of local museums to bring a sense of discovery to your desert vacation. If you need help choosing which museums to visit, this 10Best list highlights the top 10 museums in Palm Springs.