Founded in 1938, the Palm Springs Art Museum (formerly the Palm Springs Desert Museum) is an educational institution that promotes a greater understanding of art and performing arts through collections, exhibitions and programs. It is the only major art museum located between Los Angeles and Phoenix.

The museum’s permanent art collection features 19th, 20th, and 21st century works focusing on contemporary California art, classic western and Native American art; Mesoamerican art, Mexican art, and European modern art; glass studio art, American mid-twentieth century architecture, and American photography.

In addition, the Annenberg Theater keeps an eclectic calendar that includes Broadway, cabaret, jazz, classical, opera, dance and speakers in the entertainment industry. The Museum offers art classes, special events, lectures, films, two sculpture gardens, cafe and museum store filled with unique items you won’t find anywhere else.

CFFTA is in the process of donating a collection of photographic prints by the great Mexican photographer Manuel Carrillo.