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Palm Springs Modernism Adds Daily Architecture Tours During High Season

One of the best things about Modernism Week is the coach tours that take you around the city and give you a look at some great Palm Springs architecture and some fun history. Now you can take a tour throughout our popular winter/spring season. From the Modernism Week website:

“Our new mini-coach tours offer an in-depth introduction to Palm Springs history and the city’s world-famous collection of midcentury modern homes and buildings. You’ll join up to 20 fellow architecture and design fans for a fun, fascinating exploration of the city’s most beautiful neighborhoods, pausing along the way to learn about outstanding works of architecture by some of America’s most important modernist designers. You’ll also learn about Hollywood celebrities who made many of these homes famous, and enjoy back stories that add life, humor and awe to Palm Springs’ amazing modernist legacy.”

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The Palm Springs Art Museum Is Free On Thursday Nights

Palm Springs may be a small town, but our art museum is world class. The building was designed in 1974 by acclaimed mid-century architect E. Stewart Williams and it is stunning. Inside you will find major collections of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design and Native American and Western art. There are two outdoor sculpture gardens, a café, and a museum store that includes one-of-a-kind gifts and art-related merchandise. The museum has exhibited art by such notables as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams, Roy Lichtenstein, and Marc Chagall. Check the website for current exhibitions.

Beat the heat and enjoy a cool afternoon perusing some amazing art, all for free. You can go across the street and buy some ice cream with all the money you saved!

Palm Springs Art Museum

101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Celebrate the 4th of July in Palm Springs

There is a lot to do this year to celebrate the 4th. In the interest of cutting down on pollution and noise that frightens animals and people with PTSD, the city has opted for events without fireworks. Instead, there will be a big celebration in Ruth Hardy Park with a laser light show. All of these events are free:

4th of July Spectacular at Ruth Hardy Park, 700 Tamarisk Rd. In addition to food and games, the Dude Jones Band will play starting at 6:30 PM. The evening ends with a laser light show at 9:15 PM.

4th of July Pool Party at the Palm Springs Swim Center, 405 S. Pavilion Way, from 3 PM until 9 PM. The public is invited to bring deck chairs, umbrellas and blankets and enjoy a day by the pool. A DJ will be playing music, and water games will be played throughout the day, including a cannonball contest. You can bring a cooler or purchase food from vendors in Sunrise Park throughout the evening. Registration is required for this event due to limited space. Click here to register.

4th of July Independence Fest at Sunrise Park, 401 S. Pavilion Way, starting at 3 PM and concluding at the end of a movie that starts at dusk. The event will feature games, music, food in the park, and “Don’t touch a truck,” where children are invited to use their eyes, not their hands, to view city service vehicles on display.

4th of July Water Palooza at Victoria Park, 2744 N. Via Miraleste, from 11 AM until 1 PM. There will be free hot dogs and snow cones for the first 150 people in attendance, as well as water games and music.

“Forever Marilyn” Is Back in Palm Springs

The “Forever Marilyn” statue has made her way back to Palm Springs at her new location – the corner of Museum Way and Belardo Road. The official unveiling ceremony will be on June 20, 2021.

“Forever Marilyn” – inspired by the famous moment when Marilyn Monroe appeared with her white dress billowing aloft – made her initial Palm Springs debut in 2012 for a 2-year exhibit. She went on the road and now she is back permanently located near the soon-to-be-finished downtown park.

A New Spa And Museum Will Open In Palm Springs In 2̶0̶2̶0̶ 2021 

The Agua Caliente Tribe has broken ground on its new 5.8-acre cultural center in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. The cultural center will feature a new cultural museum, a new Agua Caliente Spa and Bathhouse that celebrates the Tribe’s ancient Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring, a Gathering Plaza, gardens, and an Oasis Trail. 

Inspiration for the cultural center’s design includes Agua Caliente traditions such as basket weaving and pottery and elements found in nature including desert landscapes, Andreas Canyon rock formations, the Andreas Canyon stream and the Washingtonia filifera palm trees – the only native palm tree to the California desert. 

The cultural center will include numerous outdoor activity spaces, including a Gathering Plaza adjacent to the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring. Visitors can readily access from the Plaza either the Museum or the Spa and Bathhouse along landscaped terraces and pathways that serve as an extension of the Gathering Plaza. An interpretive green belt, the Oasis Trail, meanders through the property and provides an interactive, cultural learning environment. This trail recreates, on a smaller scale, the distinctive character, geology, flora and beauty of the nearby Indian Canyons, one of the ancestral homes of the Agua Caliente.

The new Museum includes approximately 48,000 square feet and will feature collections in a main gallery, changing gallery and art gallery. The new Museum, a repository for cultural artifacts, stories and history, will also include an education center and garden.

The Spa includes approximately 40,000 square feet to celebrate the ancient healing waters of the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring with treatments rooms, men and women’s bathhouses, a tranquility garden, a salon, fitness center and outdoor mineral pools.

The Oasis Trail will meander between the Museum and Spa and will include terraces, a waterfall, sandy beach, fire pits and meditation labyrinth. 

For more information and updates, go to the website at