Plan Your Visit

Experience the new Palmer Museum’s vast collection and thought-provoking special exhibitions. Admission is always free! For information on planning your visit, including parking, protocols, rules, and more, see below.


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.


List of Upcoming Holiday Closures

Labor Day | Monday, September 2, 2024

Thanksgiving | Thursday, November 28, 2024–Friday, November 29, 2024

PSU Winter Break | Monday, December 23, 2024–Wednesday, January 2, 2025

New Year’s Day | Wednesday, January 1, 2025

MLK Jr. Day | Monday, January 20, 2025

Easter | Sunday, April 20, 2025

Memorial Day | Monday, May 26, 2025

Juneteenth | Thursday, June 19, 2025

Independence Day | Friday, July 4, 2025


The Palmer Museum is located on Bigler Road at Penn State’s University Park Campus in State College, Pennsylvania.

Click here to see a map of Penn State.

Map of Penn State


Visitor parking for the Palmer Museum of Art is available across from the museum, adjacent to the Lewis Katz building. Accessible parking is available. There is also an accessible drop-off loop directly in front of the museum. Parking may be paid via the ParkMobile app or via kiosks in the lot. The free campus shuttle stops directly in front of the museum. During football games, the East Parking Deck or CATA bus are better options, both about two to three blocks from the museum.


For more information about parking, please call Penn State Transportation Services at 814-865-1436 or click here.

Visitor Guidelines

To ensure the well-being of all our visitors and staff, we ask that you please comply with the following guidelines.

  • Check-in: Admission is FREE. $7 donation suggested. Please check in for your visit with Visitor Services at the front desk. No prior reservation is required. Email or call the Visitor Services desk at 814-867-3022 during regular museum hours.
  • Bags: Large items such as backpacks, large bags, camera equipment bags, backpack-style child carriers, and umbrellas are not allowed in the galleries. Lightweight collapsible strollers are permitted, and umbrellas can be stored in the coatroom.
  • Food and drink: Food, beverages, and gum are not allowed in the galleries. Travel mugs and plastic water bottles can be left in the complimentary lockers in the coatroom.
  • Photography: Non-flash photographs are permitted and encouraged, except when indicated otherwise on labels next to artwork or on exhibition signage. Tripods and selfie sticks are not allowed in the galleries. Requests to videotape works of art/galleries or to photograph with tripods and camera equipment should be directed to Beverly Sutley, Registrar, at and/or Sarah Anne Wharton, Marketing and Communications Director, at
  • Sketching: Sketching with pencils and colored pencils is allowed in the galleries. However, markers, ink pens, and other art supplies, including easels, are not permitted. An easy way to remember what is permitted is that “wet” or potentially messy art media including paints, ink, chalk, charcoal, and oil pastels are prohibited. Large drawing boards or sketch pads (over 18 x 24 inches) are prohibited.
  • Gallery Stools: Wooden stools are available for visitors’ use and stacked in various locations throughout the galleries.
  • Wi-Fi: Complimentary wireless internet access is available in all indoor public spaces throughout the museum.

Follow Us

If you’re not yet ready to come in person, no problem! We will continue to bring the museum to you virtually through our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.

Follow us on these channels to stay up to date! Have questions? Give us a call at 814-867-3022 or email us at

Whether it’s in person or on Zoom, we look forward to seeing you soon. Until then, stay healthy and well!


Have questions? Give us a call at 814-865-7673 or email

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We hope to see you soon at the Palmer!