The recently opened Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, 72-567 Highway 111, and the museum’s flagship location, 101 Museum Drive, in Palm Springs will offer free admission Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Palm Desert museum, which opened March 15, also will hold an open house.
The Palm Desert museum, formerly the city’s visitor center, will maintain its ties to the flagship museum in Palm Springs. It has a gallery, rotating exhibits and a photography gallery, spokeswoman Kristy Kneiding said.
The museum’s inaugural exhibit is “Rodin to Now: Modern Sculpture,” which features works by Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Robert Therrien and Joel Shapiro.
“This expansion demonstrates the city’s commitment to the arts and makes our shared vision to make art more accessible to residents and visitors a reality,” said Harold Meyerman, chairman of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Visitors are greeted by the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden, named for a longtime museum benefactor and trustee. Artworks are set among native plants, water features and walkways.
Palm Springs architect Reuel Young was the designer, and the 8,400-square-foot building was the first in Southern California to be certified “silver” under Leadership in Energy and Environmentally Design, or LEED, standards, museum officials said.
One wing is dedicated to education, with space for art classes and lectures. It is also available to local groups, schools and libraries.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thursdays, when it is open from noon until 8 p.m. and admission is free from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Adult admission is $5. People 62 or older and students with valid school IDs pay $4, while children younger than 12 get in for free.
More information is available by calling 760-346-5600 or go to psmuseum.org.