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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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Interesting look at desert life by early settlers

This is a wonderful place to spend some time and find out how the early settlers to the Coachella Valley lived. Interesting old schoolhouse and other buildings of interest Near... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Indio, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful place to spend some time and find out how the early settlers to the Coachella Valley lived. Interesting old schoolhouse and other buildings of interest Near old town Indio, stop by the Deli on Miles afterwards for lunch to round out your day.

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Well worth the visit! This museum is a wonderful presentation of the history of the Coachella a Valley from the earliest native tribes through the early part of the last century. The main house shows life 100 years ago and the gardens are lovely. We especially enjoyed the the "desert submarine" thar provide cooling before modern air conditioning. Wish it... More 

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Indio, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We attended a wine tasting at the Coachella Valley History Museum. The wines were organic and very good. The museum was very interesting and there were several displays of Old Indio and how the date trees came to be. Worth going to see if you are into old history. The staff were very nice.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I've been to hundreds of small town and county museums. Most of them share the same memorabilia and geographical artifacts. The reason I continue to frequent these little museums is not to see old railroad lanterns, spinning wheels or pottery but to get a taste and feel for the local history. The Coachella Valley History Museum has all the aforementioned... More 

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
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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Address: 82616 Miles Avenue, Indio, CA 92201
Phone Number: 760-342-6651
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Indio

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