Collections Database

The permanent collection of the Palmer Museum of Art includes American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, and sculpture; contemporary European, American, and Japanese studio ceramics; Asian ceramics, jades, paintings, and prints; and objects from ancient European, African, Near Eastern, and American cultures. This database contains descriptions of more than 7,000 works as well as images for many of them.

Docent on Duty Program

The docents at the Palmer Museum of Art are on call and ready to answer your most pressing art-related questions—just ask for the Docent on Duty! You'll find a museum education volunteer seated in the lobby or walking through the galleries Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and before the game on Saturday when Penn State football plays at home.

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This summer, the museum offers two interpretive opportunities that you may access via your iPhone or iPad. Simply download the Penn State Places app from the Apple app store and enable Bluetooth on your device and the location-award iBeacons will convey information in the form of text, images, and sounds.

Gallery overviews: Hear the social, political, and artistic contexts for each gallery delivered to your device as you walk through each space.

Words of Art presents poetic interpretations of works of art—known as ekphrastic poetry—via iBeacon technology in the galleries. Poet Nicole Miyashiro shares her ekphrastic poems, based on works of art in the collection, with audiences to foster an engaged, multisensory viewing experience.

This project is supported by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, the Palmer Museum of Art, the Arts & Architecture eLearning Institute, Education Technology Services, the Department of English, and the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art.

Teacher Workshops

The curator of education offers K–12 educators from Central Pennsylvania and surrounding areas the opportunity to become familiar with works of art and themes from the permanent collection, learn procedures for scheduling student trips to the Palmer Museum, and exchange ideas for incorporating the museum into their curricula in ways that meet state and national standards. Generally held by request on school in-service days, these workshops last from two to four hours and are catered specifically to the interests of and requirements for each group.