New Season New Exhibits
Opening Day September 1, 2017
New innovative exhibits unveiled. Free to the public. Don't miss our explorations into the multifaceted history of the City of Palm Springs including the stories of the famous, the powerful and, of course, the architectural dynasties of the mid-century.
"Palm Springs Loves Lucy & Desi"
In partnership with Luci Arnaz, this exhibit features film clips from family home movies and clothes, posters, memorabilia and other ephemera. Many items on loan from the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York - Lucy's birthplace. Many home movies provided by Lucie Arnaz were filmed at their Thunderbird Country Club home where the famous family relaxed with friends away from the pressures of their hectic television production schedule.
"Presidents at Work and Play in the Desert"
Highlights presidential visits over the last six decades including photos of Presidents Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, William J. Clinton, George H. Bush, George H.W. Bush Jr., and Barack Obama. Whether hosting world leaders or seeking relief from the pressure of the office of the president, the desert area has been both a showpiece and a refuge.
"The Alexanders: Triumph & Tragedy in Palm Springs"
Tells the story of George and Robert Alexander, developers who brought more than 2,400 homes with a modern aesthetic to the city of The Alexanders were actively involved in the cultural fabric of the community, the exhibit catches the sleek, cool, clean, colorful, mod and curvy style that is synonymous with the mid-century. Their tragic death in 1965 shocked the community and marked the end of a building dynasty.
"Palm Springs Villager Advertisements 1946-1959"
Takes a look at the advertising genius of the "Mad Men" who created the designs that drove the economic boom of the post-World War II ear into the fabulous 1950s. The ads captured the climate and the texture of the Palm Springs lifestyle for local businesses throughout the desert area.
"Movies Made in Palm Springs"
Hollywood studios found the Palm Springs area the perfect backdrop for the deserts of Africa, Middle East and American West. View the 1936 vintage film short "Sunkist Stars in Palm Springs" and many vintage photographs depicting film crews at work, shooting 1923 "Souls for Sale" and "Lost Horizon," a film shot in Tahquitz Canyon in 1937 by renowned director Frank Capra.