723 S. Valley Way
Open Tue-Fri 10am-4pm


Welcome to the Palmer Museum of History and Art

Our work inspires, enriches, and cultivates our community’s connection to the unique history, culture, and art of the Greater Palmer Area.


The Palmer Museum and Visitor Center is your stop for all things history, art and culture in beautiful downtown Palmer! We are committed to telling Palmer’s story through historic art, local exhibits, and immersive tours. Check out our calendar below to learn about all the wonderful happenings around town, or check out our Visit Palmer page to see the town highlights.

Find Us


The town of Palmer (Ahtna name, Nuutah; Dena’ina name, Dnal’iy Kena) sits on the traditional lands of the Ahtna and Dena’ina Athabascan / Dene people. We are grateful to the Dene, past and present, for their care of this land. Thank you for helping us share the story of this place.

Our Community. Your Community.

Explore Palmer

See everything Palmer has to offer! Explore the unique history and the current happenings of this great little town, take an agricultural garden walking tour, explore our exhibits, shop, and find some grub!

Water Tower in Palmer, Alaska with Matanuska Peak and Lazy Mountain in the background, in autumn


Your go-to place for recreational events happening in Palmer and the Greater Palmer area. There’s something available for all ages. Click now to plan a day!

Woman arranging cut peony flowers in the garden at the Palmer Museum

Take a Tour

Interested in learning more about the expansive history of Palmer? Desire to discover how Palmer became such an heavy agricultural hub? Check out the tours offered here at the museum and in our Palmer visitor guides!

Four women enjoying a walk in the Palmer Museum Showcase Garden in summer

At the Museum

From wine walks to featured local artists, these programs are a blast for all locals and visitors alike! Click below to find all of the programs the Palmer Museum provides for the local community and surrounding areas!

Plein air painting of a woman by an artist in the Showcase Garden

Historical Photo Project

The Palmer Museum of History and Art has a collection of over 10,000 photographs, all digitized as high resolution scans. Since 2017, we have been connecting this wealth of history to our community in the Matanuska Valley Historical Photo Project database.

Historic photo of Rail Car School

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Thank You to Our Sponsors & Business Members

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Matanuska Electric Association Foundation logo
Mat-Su Health Foundation logo

Business Members

  • All Dahlia’d Up Flower Farm LLC
  • Becca’s Alpacas
  • Big Cabbage Radio
  • Colony Inn
  • Fireside Books
  • Hometown Realty
  • Kasilof Pottery
  • Mat-Su Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
  • Our Alaskan Dream
  • Palmer Chamber of Commerce
  • Valley Fine Arts Association