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The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is located on the University Park campus. Admission is always free. Check-in is via our Visitor Services at the front desk. Click here to plan your visit!

Closed Monday and some holidays


Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.

The Palmer Museum of Art is open regular hours this week, Tuesday through Sunday.


Now on View

Lee Krasner (American, 1908–1984), Composition, 1949, oil on canvas, 38-1/16 x 27-13/16 inches, Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of the Aaron E. Norman Fund, Inc., 1959, 1959-31-1 © Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

A Way Through: Abstract Art of the 1940s

January 15-May 15, 2022

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Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528), Melencolia I, 1514, engraving, 9-7/16 × 7-5/16 inches. Anonymous loan

Printmaking in the Age of Dürer

January 18-May 8, 2022

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975), Shallow Creek, 1938–39, oil and Egg tempera on canvas mounted on board, 36 x 25 inches. Bequest of James R. and Barbara R. Palmer, 2019.31. © 2021 T.H. and R.P. Benton Trusts / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

An American Place: Selections from the James and Barbara Palmer Collection

January 29-April 24, 2022

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Learn & Teach

Connect with the Palmer Museum’s diverse collections and exhibitions through tours, programs, and resources for learners of all ages.
Visitors on a tour at the museum


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Online Resources


Online Resources
Palmer Museum holds virtual and in-person programs


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Permanent Collection Galleries

Pincus Gallery of Contemporary Art

The David and Gerry Pincus Gallery of Contemporary Art features rotating works of art from the late twentieth century to the present day. The range of media presented includes paintings, sculpture, photography, and works on paper by a diverse group of artists. The collection of contemporary art continues to grow significantly, reflecting the longstanding value the museum has placed on acquiring the work of living artists since its founding.

Snowiss Galleries of American Art

The Benjamin and Lillian K. Snowiss Galleries feature American painting and sculpture from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Displayed in three galleries, this core collection of the Palmer Museum’s holdings surveys the major artistic developments in the United States, especially portraiture from the Early Republic, Hudson River School landscapes, genre painting before and after the Civil War, and various cosmopolitan styles of the Gilded Age. Currently on view in the Snowiss Gallery, you can view a rare and new acquisition for the museum, Grafton Tyler Brown's Hot Springs at Yellowstone. Read about the important artwork here.

Tonkin Gallery of Studio Glass and Ceramics

The Harold L. and Edythe B. Tonkin Gallery showcases the Palmer Museum’s impressive holdings of contemporary studio glass and ceramics from around the world. On view are objects of dazzling variety and techniques by pioneering artists in the field of studio glass, as well as artists working in glass today from North America, England, Italy, Scandinavia, the Czech Republic, and Japan. The museum’s ceramics collection includes examples from ancient Andean cultures, from historical China and Korea, and from twentieth-century Europe and Japan.

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To see ALL the upcoming events for this season, visit our Events Schedule.

Adam Thomas January 25, 2022 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Museum Conversation – A Way Through: Abstract Art of the 1940s


Join Adam Thomas, Curator of American Art, for an online conversation and in-depth look at paintings, drawings, and prints from pivotal artists who worked in...

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Joyce Robinson February 2, 2022 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Museum Conversation – A Curator’s Perspective on “An American Place”


Join Joyce Robinson, assistant director and exhibition curator, in the gallery for a closer look at this spring’s major show “An American Place” Selections from...

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Pepe Karmel February 10, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dickson Lecture: “Figures in a Landscape ” with Dr. Pepe Karmel


Dr. Pepe Karmel, associate professor of art history at New York University and author of Abstract Art: A Global History (2020) will offer a lecture...

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Patrick McGrady February 16, 2022 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Museum Conversation – Printmaking in the Age of Dürer


Join the Palmer’s print specialist, Patrick McGrady, Charles V. Hallman Senior Curator, and discover intricate and expressive works by Germany’s most important artist of the...

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