Educational Resources

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 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays.

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. To schedule an in-service opportunity at the Palmer, contact Brandi Breslin, museum educator, at or 814-863-9188.