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Coachella Valley History Museum

82616 Miles Avenue, Indio, CA 92201
760-342-6651
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Ranked #6 of 17 Attractions in Indio
Type: History 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... more » 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. « less
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Bellevue, Washington
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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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128 reviews 128 reviews
47 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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46 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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83 attraction reviews
201 helpful votes 201 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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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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10 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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LaQuinta, Ca.
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

Our high school reunions used to start here -- and I have great affection for going to this location and appreciate that it's still being kept up -- hopefully for a long time. Lovely -- and the basement with old Japanese family portraits good and historic.

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