Spend an hour or an afternoon at the Palmer Museum of Art, the University's premiere art museum located just two blocks from the Berkey Creamery.
Notable for its whimsical postmodern architecture as well as its outstanding art collection, the Palmer displays a wide range of paintings, sculpture, photography, and works on paper. Eight of the museum's eleven galleries feature highlights from the permanent collection of more than 6,800 objects, everything from Pre-Colombian and Asian ceramics to European Baroque paintings to contemporary art. The museum's second floor showcases two centuries of American art beginning with portraits and history paintings from the early Republic. Visitors can embark on a journey through time in the Palmer's Hull Gallery of American Art, discovering charming genre scenes and Hudson River School landscape paintings from the nineteenth century, "Gilded Age" portraits and American Impressionist paintings, as well as works celebrating the American Scene in the early decades of the twentieth century. In adjacent galleries, paintings, sculpture, and works on paper from the 1950s to the present are showcased.
The Palmer regularly hosts special exhibitions devoted to a wide range of topics. For a complete listing of what's currently on view, visit the museum's Web site at www.palmermuseum.psu.edu. And if it's a nice day, consider spending some time in the Hamer Sculpture Garden, adjacent to the museum's front entrance.
The Palmer also features a museum store. Open during regular museum hours, the store offers a unique selection of books, note cards, jewelry, decorative accessories, toys, and other gift items.
Most campus parking lots are open for free visitor parking on weekends. During the week, parking is available for a small fee in nearby parking garages. The Palmer Museum of Art is accessible to most audiences. For further information on accessibility, parking, or holiday hours, please call 814-865-7672.
Admission is free. The museum is closed on Mondays, but is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m.