Plan Your Visit
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.
An American Place: Selections from the James and Barbara Palmer Collection
January 29-April 24, 2022
Special Exhibitions Gallery, Second Floor
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.
To see ALL the upcoming events for this season, visit our Events Schedule.
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More