Coachella Valley Museum & Cultural Center

P: 760-342-6651
82-616 Miles Avenue, Indio , CA, 92201

History of the Coachella Valley History MuseumThe Coachella Valley was the home of the Cahuilla Indians as a new wave of settlers arrived in the late 1800’s along with the Southern Pacific Railroad.  Being the halfway point between Yuma and Los Angeles, Southern Pacific decided the location of what is today Indio, was an ideal train stop.  From these humble beginnings sprung an entire valley of cities, all of which have their own distant personality and history.  The Coachella Valley History Museum seeks to share the unique history of the desert and the Cahuilla Indians and pioneers who forged through the difficult environment to create the community it is today.
 
Come and Visit
The Coachella Valley History Museum campus contains the Smiley-Tyler House, a 1926 adobe home, which houses the main exhibits; the fully restored, historic 1909 Indio Schoolhouse; and the only Date Museum world-wide.  The spacious grounds contain a Memorial Date Garden, a Japanese Garden, and the oldest Cork Oak tree in the Coachella Valley.  Other highlights consist of our Submarine house, a Blacksmith shop, and an archive.

Join us on the first Saturday of each month for Family Day.  This is a fun day for everyone with extra activities or exhibits featured.  Also each month our art gallery exhibits a different local artist.
The Museum is open from 10am to 4pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and 1 to 4pm on Sunday.  School tours are offered Monday through Wednesday with reservations.  The museum is located at 82-616 Miles Avenue Indio, California 92201 near Old Town Indio.  For further information, call 760-342-6651.

 



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82-616 Miles Avenue, Indio , CA, 92201