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Coachella Valley History Museum

82616 Miles Ave, Indio, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92201-4228
+1 760-342-6651
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This museum will tell you all about American and Mexican culture how life was back in the day full... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
tonyespin
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Indio, California
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Great

We were driving by the museum and decided to stop really not knowing that inside we would find such... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
carmen1ocampo
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Tustin, California
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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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82616 Miles Ave, Indio, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92201-4228
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum will tell you all about American and Mexican culture how life was back in the day full of knowledge it's a must see

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were driving by the museum and decided to stop really not knowing that inside we would find such a detailed and educational material. We loved it, the lady in charge was so helpful and lovely.

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Reviewed February 9, 2018

This museum is small detailing the women of the area in both photos and many of the original dresses worn by them. Featured a area kitchen that looked like the kitchens as I remembered as a child. I am approacing the big 8-0. Was closed...More

1  Thank Jerry B
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Reviewed January 26, 2018

In the town of Indio, it is hard to tell that there is a museum there, but it is worth tracking it down. Fred gave us a guided tour, first of the old homestead house and then then all the machinery in the garden, the...More

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Reviewed January 17, 2018

The location for this museum is historic having been built by one of the pioneers of the area. There are numerous exhibits that feature the lifestyle of the area. There is a separate building that was an early schoolhouse complete with desks. Another building shows...More

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Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

This is a great museum with interesting displays and informative docents. There is information on the native groups, the early explorers and settlers, agriculture, and life in the early 1900s. There are also displays about the geological changes of the area. They are currently working...More

3  Thank Kevln-jennifer
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Reviewed April 10, 2017

We were just in the area with time to kill so we went in to see this local gem. The guides were a husband and wife team that really knew and loved the area and brought everything to life in their descriptions and enthusiasm. We...More

1  Thank Michelle P
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Reviewed February 5, 2017

We quite enjoyed our visit to this museum. Our guide was great - quite knowledgeable. The old house was quite interesting, the schoolhouse brought back some memories of my own time in a one-room schoolhouse and the date museum was informative. Don't expect a lot...More

1  Thank RandyRoss
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Reviewed February 2, 2017

We took a tour of the Museum and the guide and the information learned was both interesting and educational. The guide was knowledgeable and eager to answer any questions we had. Well worth the time to learn about the history of the area.

Thank Bob P
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Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

I really wanted to like this place as I love history, the grounds were nicely kept and the personnel/volunteers were extremely pleasant and nice and friendly. However, I felt the exhibits were randomly placed and some with very little tie in to the previous exhibit...More

1  Thank mks789
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