Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, Palm Springs

(4.5/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum is a culture and history museum located in Palm Springs, California, United States, focusing on the Cahuilla people of the Coachella Valley.HistoryThe museum was established in 1991.OperationsOwnershipThe Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians sponsors the museum.LocationThe museum is located at 219 South Palm Canyon Drive between Areanas Road and Baristo Road. Public transportation via SunLine Transit is available on lines 111, 30 and 14. Administrative offices and a 1,200 volume reference library are at 901 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite C-204, Palm Springs, CA 92262.Publications The SpiritAffiliationsThe museum is the first Native American museum to be part of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program.Activities and recognitionThe museum participates in the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Museum Assessment Program; and it received a first-place award in the AAM 2010 Publications Design Competition for its 2009-2010 Museum Program Brochure and Program Announcement Cards (designed by JCRR Design).It also collaborates with the UCLA/Getty's Masters Program.Future plansThe museum is fundraising for expansion into a 100,000 square foot facility designed by architects Jones & Jones.
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  • The museum frequently changes exhibits so you'll want to return when you can. Excellent docents who willingly share their wealth of information about the Agua Caliente Band of indians.  more »
  • This little museum provides an insight into the local Indian culture. The emphasis is on the basket weaving which is truly amazing. How did they do it? Where did they learn the art? These questions ca...  more »
  • This museum showcases a variety of baskets and weaving items made by the Cahuilla tribe basket makers from of ancient times. The smallest basket on display is so minute that it has to be seen with a m...  more »
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  • Great museum. A must see when you are in PS. Don't forget to visit the Indian Canyon afterwards
  • Great little museum. Very helpful and friendly volunteers that are passionate about the area and the history.
  • Small but great museum to visit!
  • Pretty much just plaques on the wall in a large room. Go to the art museum if you want to see what they made.
  • Top quality museum even if small. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians plan to build a much larger museum, and this is an excellent start. Allot at least an hour to visit.