Dusk view of new Palmer Museum of Art

Opening June 1, 2024!

The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State opens to the public on June 1. Plan your visit now!



Wednesday | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday | 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday–Saturday | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday | Noon to 5 p.m.


Closed Mondays, Tuesdays,

and some holidays.

Public Opening Weekend

The Palmer Museum of Art will celebrate the public opening of its new home at The Arboretum at Penn State, Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2.

Guided tours of the museum and Arboretum, artmaking activities, refreshments, and other festivities will take place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Free parking will be available in the Lewis Katz Building lot across from the museum and the Arboretum throughout the weekend.


In support of the opening of the new museum, the Downtown State College Improvement District is sponsoring free bus shuttles from the Palmer Museum of Art to Downtown State College! Palmer guests will be dropped off in the heart of downtown with access to a plethora of diverse restaurants and unique shops. The shuttle will run continuous loops on June 1 from noon to 5:00 p.m., with stops at the 200 block of Beaver Avenue and the Palmer Museum on Bigler Road.


If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about physical access to the Palmer Museum of Art, please contact Rebecca Simpson, Visitor Experience Manager, at 814-863-9068 or rad194@psu.edu in advance.


Public Opening Sponsors:


Public Opening Sponsors Keystone Sponsors: Mary Lou Bennett Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Sandstone Sponsors: InVested Advisors Russell Stone Products Will and Kevin Ameringer-Byrne Karen and Robert Shute Mountain Laurel Sponsors: Beth Richards | Sandy Stover Group of KBB Douglas Albert Gallery Family of Steven Wasser


Exhibition Sponsors:


Kish Bank

Lead Sponsor of MADE IN PA


School of Visual Arts

Also supported, in part, by the School of Visual Arts (SoVA) at Penn State

Opening Exhibitions

Check out the special exhibitions that will be on view when the new Palmer Museum opens on June 1, 2024!
Edna Andrade (American, 1917–2008), Radiants, 1976, acrylic on canvas, 41 x 41 inches. Reading Public Museum, Gift of Luther W. Brady, M.D., 2012.15.1


June 1-December 1, 2024

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Charles Demuth (American, 1883–1935), Eggplant and Tomatoes, c. 1927, watercolor on paper, 13-7/8 x 19-7/8 inches. Palmer Museum of Art, Bequest of James R. and Barbara R. Palmer, 2019.55

Made in PA on Paper

June 1-September 8, 2024

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Unknown photographer, Hand, c. 1920s–1930s, X-ray, selenium-toned gelatin silver print, 7-1/2 x 6 inches. Palmer Museum of Art, Gift of Jon Randall Plummer, 2012.92

The Art of Teaching: Medical Education and the Integrated Curriculum

June 1-September 1, 2024

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NEW Palmer Museum

The Palmer Museum of Art is constructing a new museum within the Arboretum at Penn State to replace the current building on Curtin Road. The innovative new Palmer will be a larger facility that features education spaces, including a teaching gallery, flexible event spaces, and nearly twice the exhibition space of the current museum, allowing for expanded student, faculty, and public access to Penn State’s growing collection of 10,500 works of art.


To access information about the new Palmer Museum of Art and the Arboretum at Penn State, please click to view the new fly-through animation of the new museum or visit our online media room below.



Online Media Room

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