Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, Palm Springs

Categories: History Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 40+ 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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  • I like to know the history of the native peoples of areas where I visit. Had a good talk with the person at the front desk about the exhibits and area. The special exhibit about the Native/African Ame...  read more »
  • We stopped on a whim and got an introduction to the museum from the docent. It is a self guided tour. There was an exhibit from the Smithsonian about the intertwining of Native American and African Am...  read more »
  • I expected something more, something more substantial in terms of actual artifacts, but most of what you see is photographic, and informational, which fails to really engage. 
  • 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.
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