New Exhibit: Flight Plan

New Exhibit:

Corazón de Mexico

June 2019 - May 2020, visit our new exhibit on loan from Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage.

Opens on October 4th!  Join us as we celebrate Mexican Folk Art and special events.



Like other cultural institutions around the globe, the Coachella Valley History Museum has chosen to close after public health officials warned people to stay away from large crowds during the coronavirus outbreak. All tours of the property, admissions, public programs and private events have been suspended.  We will continue to monitor the situation, and we will reopen when health officials ease restrictions on public gatherings. The state Department of Public Health said gatherings of people especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, the elderly and people with underlying health conditions, should be limited to no more than 10 individuals. As the coronavirus situation evolves, a decision on when to reopen the museum will be made on a week-to-week basis. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon.


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!

The Coachella Valley History Museum...

  • October - May
    Monday & Thursday - Saturday 10am-4pm                                       Sunday 1-4pm

  • June - September                           Friday and Saturday 10am-1pm 

  • Open for schools and  special private group tours.  Please contact us if you wish to book a tour.
  • ​Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.
  • Please contact the museum to schedule your special event.

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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.


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.

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  • Adults: $8
  • Seniors (55+): $6
  • Children 18 and Under: Free​
  • Free for Active Duty Military with valid ID
  • Free on the first full weekend of the month (Fri., Sat., Sun.)
  • Free with NARM member ID