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Coachella Valley History Museum

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Gem of a Museum in the Coachella Valley

A friend & I visited the Coachella Valley History Museum on Saturday, 10/6/2018 and i exceeded my... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2018
bobzaccount
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san francisco
Interesting valley history

A knowledgeable docent toured the museum/house with us. The exhibits depicted well how the area... read more

Reviewed September 1, 2018
Marilyn C
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Waterford, Connecticut
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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...more
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82616 Miles Ave, Indio, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92201-4228
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Most Helpful Positive Review
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...More

4  Thank Kamala4812
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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...More

2  Thank Howard K
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

A friend & I visited the Coachella Valley History Museum on Saturday, 10/6/2018 and i exceeded my expectations. I was a wonderful place crammed with interesting information and accessible displayed from the earliest inhabitants of the Valley (The Cahuilla Indians (including a display case filled...More

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Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

A knowledgeable docent toured the museum/house with us. The exhibits depicted well how the area developed and grew geologically and historically. The grounds als included a small, but informative date museum and a relocated 2-room schoolhouse. When we finished there, within 5 minutes was Shield’s...More

1  Thank Marilyn C
Reviewed May 27, 2018 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 May 26, 2018

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.

1  Thank carmen1ocampo
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
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

Thank panama2000
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
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
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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