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Coachella Valley History Museum

82616 Miles Ave, Indio, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92201-4228
+1 760-342-6651
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Informative docents

This is a great museum with interesting displays and informative docents. There is information on... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Los Angeles, California
via mobile
Learn How to Live in the Desert!

We were just in the area with time to kill so we went in to see this local gem. The guides were a... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Michelle P
Castro Valley, California
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The museum campus contains the Smiley-Tyler House, a 1926 adobe home which houses the main exhibits; the historic 1909 Indio Schoolhouse; and the Date Museum. Also, the spacious grounds hold a variety of gardens, including a Memorial Date Garden, a Japanese Garden, the Jardin Del Desierto, and the oldest Cork Oak tree in the Coachella Valley. Other highlights include our Submarine house, a Blacksmith shop, various farming equipment, and the Museum's archives.Visit us to learn about the history of the Coachella Valley from the story of early Native American communities to the present. The Coachella Valley History Museum is open the beginning of October to the end of May from 10am to 4pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 1pm to 4 on Sunday.
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82616 Miles Ave, Indio, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92201-4228
+1 760-342-6651
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great museum with interesting displays and informative docents. There is information on the native groups, the early explorers and settlers, agriculture, and life in the early 1900s. There are also displays about the geological changes of the area. They are currently working...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

We were just in the area with time to kill so we went in to see this local gem. The guides were a husband and wife team that really knew and loved the area and brought everything to life in their descriptions and enthusiasm. We...More

Thank Michelle P
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We quite enjoyed our visit to this museum. Our guide was great - quite knowledgeable. The old house was quite interesting, the schoolhouse brought back some memories of my own time in a one-room schoolhouse and the date museum was informative. Don't expect a lot...More

Thank RandyRoss
Reviewed 3 February 2017

We took a tour of the Museum and the guide and the information learned was both interesting and educational. The guide was knowledgeable and eager to answer any questions we had. Well worth the time to learn about the history of the area.

Thank Bob P
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I really wanted to like this place as I love history, the grounds were nicely kept and the personnel/volunteers were extremely pleasant and nice and friendly. However, I felt the exhibits were randomly placed and some with very little tie in to the previous exhibit...More

1  Thank mks789
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I learned a lot about the history of this desert area. They had artifacts from a blacksmith shop, an old house to tour, a room of memorabilia from 1965 when the museum opened, a date history museum and small garden area. The staff was very...More

1  Thank SonomaCo_Girl
Reviewed 5 August 2016

My family and I visited this History Museum and learned a lot from the Coachella Valley. My daughter and my niece took a History class that lasted for about four weeks so we went there as a family on their last day for a presentation...More

1  Thank yaragon01
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Loved the history presented here. Exhibits show the history of coachella valley, farming lands, school district. Has original school house on the property. Beautiful grounds. Plenty of parking. Friendly staff.

1  Thank pdc90
Reviewed 28 May 2016

We went to the museum and found it very interesting! Especially educational were the displays of how the area developed and changed over time. We did our own tour. Old agricultural tools were great to see.

1  Thank Terry A
Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Lora Koehler gave us a tour around the museum. Very cool learning about area and palm date history. Tons of artifacts from the area that tool is on a trip back in time.

Thank AllDay G
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