Palm Springs Art Museum
For days when it’s too hot to lounge by the pool, head into the air-conditioned and art-filled oasis that is the Palm Springs Art Museum. Nestled into the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, the world-class museum features a strong collection of contemporary art, glass, photography, and pieces from the American West by artists like Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, and Ansel Adams.
Heather James Fine Art
While you’re out browsing the Shops on El Paseo, make sure you stop by Heather James Fine Art. The gallery has outposts in New York, Montecito, and Jackson Hole, but its flagship Palm Desert location features the largest mix of works by artists ranging from Impressionists like California-based Edward Norton Ward to contemporary artists like Jeff Koons.
Though Stewart Galleries is known for its strong selection of plein air and California Impressionist works, the gallery features a delightfully eclectic mix of cubist and modern art—often sourced from private collections held behind the closed doors of some of the region’s most opulent estates. The gallery also showcases an extensive inventory of vintage furniture sourced from the local area.
Built in the mid-1960s by the renowned Annenberg family, the 200-acre Sunnylands estate is an ideal place to spend an afternoon. Visitors can wander the impeccably maintained gardens, browse the property’s impressive collection of 20th-century sculpture, and tour the sleek A. Quincy Jones–designed historic house, which played host to the likes of President Eisenhower, President Reagan, and the British Royal Family while it was still in use as a private residence.