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Palmer Museum of Art

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Address: Curtin Road, University Park, State College, PA 16802
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+1 814-865-7672
10:00 - 16:30
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
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Hidden Treasure

An eclectic collection of fabulous are from coins to fabrics. A must see! Self tours, no admission fee, though one can donate.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 March 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

An eclectic collection of fabulous are from coins to fabrics. A must see! Self tours, no admission fee, though one can donate.

Thank sallyw547
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

Palmer has a wonderful eclectic collection of art - period; modern; unique. I am admittedly no expert - but it's laid out in separate sections with just enough information about the artist; period; materials etc. It's easy to drive by - but a place on campus you really should visit. Even the most casual admirer of art will find this... More 

Thank Sirpicky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

We finally stopped in to the Palmer Museum during THON weekend. Parking is the nearby lot is convenient and allowed on Saturday/Sunday. We had passed by a few times when visiting my daughter and due to time constraints did not get a chance to go in. Admission is free, but please leave a donation in the big glass box at... More 

Thank Dante81
State College, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

Curated w/ love & attention, with the smartest most dedicated group of docents. Always worth an explore or even just a quiet retreat into thermostatically controlled & quiet environment. Most amazing is that it's FREE!! But, try and leave a donation, it's worth your support.

Thank michele c
State College, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2015

The first two times I visited the Palmer Museum of Art was with family/friend. I later went by myself and was able to explore and spend as much time as I liked, observing what appealed to me. The docent was very helpful. She asked a few questions and directed me to the Alexander Archipenko exhibit which I thoroughly enjoyed, although... More 

1 Thank Stephanie C
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

This is a great little museum on the Penn State campus that has an impressive array of art from different eras. The admission is free so a great place to visit more than once!

Thank YogaGal1
State College, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

Attached to the older museum, which had limited gallery space, the Palmer, named for its major donors, contains valuable collections of pottery from Asia and the Americas, along with a collection of American art & pieces from other areas of the world. There are also special exhibits from time to time.

Thank rxl2
Lowell, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

A fun little museum in the heart of Penn State Univ. Went for the special exhibition on studio glass art and was not disappointed. The collection included multiple pieces by Harvey Littleton, Dale Chihuly, and Lino Tagliapietra among others. The permeant collection includes a good selection of American art and abstract art.

1 Thank Richard J
Warrington, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015

I remember when this Museum opened- over the years they have built up a very nice collection of art that pretty much covers most of Art History- ceramic, glass, modern, American, Asian, European...There is also a good turnover of the art on display- we go once a year and there are always a lot of new things for us to... More 

1 Thank Connie M
Butler, Pennsylvania
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129 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015 via mobile

A short visit was just the right break in our day - cool and quiet space to just relax and enjoy the art. We especially liked the glass exhibit. Staff were friendly, too.

Thank MrsPsPicks

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