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Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

This community-spirited museum preserves the history of Palm Springs’ native people, the Cahuilla, while celebrating their contemporary arts and society.

There’s no better place in Palm Springs to learn about its Native American past and present than at the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. Since 1991, it’s been a center of learning and culture, sharing its extensive collections and educational programs with both locals and visitors from all over the globe.

The museum’s centerpiece is the Tahquitz Canyon Archaeological Collection, containing more than 50,000 artifacts discovered during one of California’s biggest excavation projects. Admire the elegant simplicity of the cooking pots, pendants, bone tools and pipes. These items and more tell the historic story of tribal life in the sun-drenched Coachella Valley. 

Explore the collection of over 400 baskets, woven by the Cahuilla people and their neighboring tribes. These baskets are held in high regard by craftspeople and designers due to the intricate weaving and patterns. Temporary exhibitions showcase the Cahuilla tribe and cultures of Native American Nations from all over the country.

Collections are added to continuously, and not just limited to archeological finds.  The contemporary works of art and craft are plentiful. It’s often possible to talk with present day Cahuilla people working as artists in residence, an opportunity that shouldn’t be passed up.

The museum is a lively place that values discussion and interactivity. Join one of many lectures, canyon hikes, and hands-on workshops. There is also an annual film festival which presents the latest and best of Native American and World Indigenous cinema. Visit the museum website to view the calendar.

The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum is situated in downtown Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive, close to cafés and restaurants. Check the museum’s website for seasonal hours of operation. 


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Hilton Palm Springs Resort $106
Hilton Palm Springs Resort

Hilton Palm Springs Resort

400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Theatre and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Convention Center and Palm Springs Art Museum are also within 15 minutes.

    Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel $180
    Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

    Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

    100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Palm Springs Art Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Palm Springs Visitor Center. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Big League Dreams Sports Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Palm Mountain Resort and Spa $82
      Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

      Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

      155 S Belardo Road, Palm Springs, CA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Jacinto Mountains and Palm Springs Art Museum. Palm Springs Convention Center and Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Hyatt Palm Springs $134
        Hyatt Palm Springs

        Hyatt Palm Springs

        285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of O'Donnell Golf Club, Palm Springs Art Museum, and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Convention Center is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

          Best Western Plus Las Brisas Hotel $90
          Best Western Plus Las Brisas Hotel

          Best Western Plus Las Brisas Hotel

          222 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Convention Center and Palm Springs Art Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs $132
            Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs

            Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs

            415 South Belardo Rd, Palm Springs, CA
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ruddy's General Store Museum and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Convention Center and Palm Springs Art Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel $149
              Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

              Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

              888 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Palm Springs Convention Center and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Art Museum is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

                The Saguaro Palm Springs $89
                The Saguaro Palm Springs

                The Saguaro Palm Springs

                1800 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Sonora Sunrise, this spa resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium, Palm Springs Convention Center, and Palm Springs Art Museum. Bel Air Greens and Baristo Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).