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Explore Palm Desert Public Art

Free Docent-Guided Tours

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The City of Palm Desert offers free docent-guided tours of its public art collection on select Saturdays each month September - May at 9:00 a.m. Each month a different portion of the City's outdoor art collection is highlighted in one of three tours; the artwork at the Palm Desert Public Library, in the Civic Center Park and of the El Paseo Exhibition. Reservations are not required. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a bottle of water, and come prepared for a one-hour walking tour. 

2017 Saturday Tours - Beginning at 9 a.m.

  • Saturday, September 2, 2017 - Palm Desert Library
  • Saturday, October 7, 2017 - El Paseo*
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 - Civic Center Park
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017 - El Paseo Exhibition**

*Meet at the northwest corner of El Paseo and Portola
**Meet at the northeast corner of El Paseo and Highway 74

Private Tours 

If you cannot make the Saturday tour, groups of three or more can schedule their own private tours. The group can select from any of the three tours. Tours generally last one hour, however, they can be tailored to the specific needs of the group.

To schedule a private tour, receive an Art in Public Places tour brochure, or for any other tour information email Deborah S. Glickman at dglickman@cityofpalmdesert.org or call 760-346-0611.

Self-Guided Tour

Download and print your own Art Map and take it with you as you visit more than 40 architecturally significant buildings and homes, as well as more than 150 pieces of artwork throughout the City. Enjoy sculptures created from all types of materials, including tile, steel, stone, and even recycled airplane fuselage. Try these suggested itineraries to fit all that art into manageable sections:

Civic Center Park Tour

The 72-acre Palm Desert Civic Center Park features more than 20 pieces of public art. Highlights of this tour include the first work of public art to be commissioned and a piece created by Palm Desert’s youngest public artist. The Park also features Holocaust and peace memorials.

El Paseo Exhibition Tour

Stroll along El Paseo, Palm Desert’s elegant shopping district, and learn about the eighteen sculptures in the median between Highway 74 and Portola Avenue. The El Paseo Exhibition rotates on a biennial basis bringing together emerging nationally and internationally renowned artists. After the tour, enjoy shopping or dining at one of the many popular nearby restaurants.

Fred Waring Corridor Tour

Explore the artwork along several miles of Fred Waring Drive, including work at the Palm Desert Library and at many of the City's businesses.

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