Founded in 1938, the Palm Springs Art Museum is considered one of the preeminent mid-size art museums in the country. Set at the base of Mt. San Jacinto in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the museum's outstanding architecture, offering spacious galleries, sculpture gardens, a lecture hall, and theater, is in harmony with its desert surroundings. The permanent collection of more than 55,000 objects features art of the Americas and 20th-century California. The collection also includes modernist and contemporary painting and sculpture, Western American art, Native American and Mesoamerican art and artifacts, contemporary studio glass art, photography, modern architecture and design, and graphics/works on paper.
The intimate 433-seat Annenberg Theater presents internationally known performers and concert artists in music, dance and theater. It also features lecture and film series and serves as a host venue for the Palm Springs International Film Festival. In 1991 MLA was asked to evaluate the acoustical impact of changes to the stage platform. Following our recommendations, the changes were successfully implemented and the theater retains its reputation for excellent acoustics.