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History

more than

what meets the eye!

Coachella valley historical society, INC.

 

Preserving and sharing the history of the Coachella valley

Get a glimpse of the historical sights of the Coachella Valley History Museum

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Planning a group or class outing?  Exposing history is a great way to bring the text to life.

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Happening at the Museum

Be part of one of our events open to the public or create your own history with your own private event.

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Museum Hours

  • 2014-2015 Season: Opens October 1, 2014 but we are open for private parties. 
  • Please contact the museum to schedule your special event.

  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm
  • Sundays from 1pm-4pm
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday open for schools and  special private group tours.  Please contact us if you wish to book a tour.

The Coachella Valley History Museum...

is a historical campus which contains the 1926 adobe Smiley-Tyler House - housing our main exhibits - the historic 1909 Indio Schoolhouse and the world's only Date Museum.  Other highlights include our Desert Submarine, a Blacksmith's shop, pioneer farming implements and the archives for the Historical Society.  Also, the spacious grounds hold a variety of gardens which include a Memorial Date Garden, Japanese Garden, the Geissler Rose Garden, the Jardin del Desierto (Desert Garden)  and our Liberty Tree - the oldest Cork Tree in the Coachella Valley.


The Coachella Valley Historical Society, Inc. (dba The Coachella Valley History Museum) was incorporated on September 3, 1965, by a dedicated group of valley residents who understood the need to preserve our history for generations to come.  Since the opening of the museum in 1984 to present day, the operation of the campus has been run primarily by a dedicated group of volunteers

We welcome all to experience the rich history of the Coachella Valley History Museum by visiting and becoming a member.  Each day history is being made - why not be part of it!

Learn and have fun in one of our programs for youth this summer!  Sign up today!  

"Journey of the People" highlighting this history of the Cahuilla & Chemehuevi tribes.

Archives 

The Coachella Valley Historical Society, Inc. maintains an archive depository.  History from the entire Coachella Valley is included.  From newspapers and magazines, to business licenses and photographs,   the archives house over 100 years of history. Internship opportunities available for high school and collage students.

Researchers are welcome Monday through Tuesday from 10am-4pm.  Please call for an appointment at 760.342.6651.

Contact Us

The Mission

of the Coachella Valley Historical Society, Inc. is to preserve, interpret, and share the artifacts that create a dialogue about the evolving history of the

Coachella Valley.

Admission 

  • Adults $10
  • Seniors (55+) and Students (13-18): $8
  • Children (6-12): $5
  • Children (3-5): $1
  • Children (under 3): Free
  • Free for Active Duty Military with valid ID
  • Free on the first weekend of the month
  • Free with NARM member ID