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Address: 82616 Miles Avenue, Indio, CA 92201
Phone Number: 760-342-6651
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Description: The museum campus contains the Smiley-Tyler House, a 1926 adobe home which...
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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This little museum has as expected lots of local stuff regarding the history of the area the rail roading era and the natives. What made such an enjoyable visit was the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This little museum has as expected lots of local stuff regarding the history of the area the rail roading era and the natives. What made such an enjoyable visit was the volunteer staff who were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about making our visit memorable. When you are in the desert make it a point to visit this gem

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This little museum is filled with historical information about the Cahuilla Indians plus a small art gallery of desert paintings plus a history of the date museum and a turn of the 19th century schoolhouse. When in the schoolhourse, be sure to look up. The ceiling is magnificent. The Museum also offers event space for all kinds of celebrations. Good... More 

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Dublin, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

It was interesting to learn the history of the area where we were visiting. It was not too big, so we were able to get through the museum in a little over an hour. I would think it would be good for families as well as adults of all ages. Learning the history of the area we were visiting was... More 

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Roseville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The friends we were visiting recommended this small history museum. They have lived on the La Quinta/Indio line for a number of years, but hadn't gotten to this attraction yet. The museum grounds are adapted from an early Indio physician's home and professional offices - and surrounding range land. We were guided by a very helpful volunteer docent who was... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We stopped here during a recent vacation, and although there were no docents available to guide us, we found the exhibits very informative and easy to follow on our own. The exhibits cover natural history, cultural history, economic development, water sources, Native American tribes, and other topics, with good illustrations, photos, and artifacts, and just enough text to convey important... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

What a great find. We had a personlised tour from one of the staff members who gave us a great insight into the valley and this house. As well as the house, there are plenty of old things to look at outside behind the house as well as the old schoolhouse and date museum across the road. There is plenty... More 

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Palm Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I've lived in the Coachella Valley my entire life and this was my first visit. Docents were a nice couple, both retired teachers. Comprehensive displays giving a great cross section of live back in the early days. If you have a couple of hours, it's an interesting place to spend some time.

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Kansas City, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

this was interesting. I don' t usually like local hx museums but did enjoy this one. It does not take long to go through and had a nice exhibit.

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Indio, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Has a lot of local history - especially of agriculture in the valley and the date industry. Does a good job of telling local history at a site that is very historical in and of itself.

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Indio, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This museum is a MUST SEE for anyone that is interested in the Coachella valley. It gives you all of the history of Indio and the insight into why Indio is listed on the interstate signs. The museum is also attached to the new Date Museum which is also fantastic. Dates are famous here in the Palm Springs/Coachella area and... More 

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