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Coachella Valley History Museum

82616 Miles Avenue, Indio, CA 92201
760-342-6651
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Ranked #7 of 20 Attractions in Indio
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The museum campus contains the Smiley-Tyler House, a 1926 adobe home which houses the main...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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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Roseville, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
36 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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48 reviews 48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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139 reviews 139 reviews
48 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
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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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Palm Springs, California
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190 reviews 190 reviews
48 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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Bay Area
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86 attraction reviews
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

5*Coachella Valley History Museum 82-616 Miles Ave Indio, CA 92201 760.342.6651 Serendipity! We were looking for things to do in the Palm Springs area & read about a traveling Smithsonian exhibition about the Bracero Program. It is housed at the CVHM which is an unexpected treasure housing 3 sites. The Date Museum shares info about the date industry in Indio,... More 

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Minneapolis
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012 via mobile

I enjoyed the guided tour and the house is well preserved. There is a schoolhouse and a date museum and lots of farm equipment on display. I think the area has a very interesting history, a very resilient people settled here.

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Palm Desert, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012 via mobile

Go here every year on field trips with my elementary students. They enjoy the old.schoolhouse and the kitchen. We also have a picnic in the grass area.

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