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Coachella Valley History Museum

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Address: 82616 Miles Ave, Indio, CA 92201-4228
Phone Number: 760-342-6651
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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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Historical. Beautiful grounds.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Palm Springs, California
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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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Duluth, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016

$8 for seniors and $10 others. Lots of parking across the street. Set in past home of a local doctor. Can have a docent tour to get feedback on questions or do a self guided tour with their brochure and reading explanations under photos. Limited opening days so check but has been open Thursday through the weekend. Other than history... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Neat little place lots to look at and learn about not to far from hotel nice little walk boutique four or so blocks

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

So going here was a last minute decision. The rest of the things I had intended to do on this day were either closed or took less time then expected. After getting back to my resort, I did some research and found out that although there is normally a cost of $12 for this museum, if you go on the... More 

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Indio, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

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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