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.


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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Museum Hours

  • Starting Saturday, April 17th, the Museum will be open SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS from 10am-3pm
  • Private Group Tours available by appointment only.   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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The Coachella Valley History Museum will be OPENING on SATURDAY, APRIL 17th.  We have COVID-19 protocol in place to protect our visitors and our volunteers.  Masks will be required at at all times during your visit.  Limited capacity at this time while we follow the County and State guidelines. 

Starting April 17th the Museum will be open SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS from 10am-3pm.  PRIVATE GROUP TOURS are available by appointment only.

We are now taking reservations for PRIVATE EVENTS!  For more information on Private Events, please email,, or call the Museum Office at 760.342.6651


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!

Membership for all


  • 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

New Exhibit:

Corazón de Mexico

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

Preserving and sharing the history of the Coachella valley