Beginning of main content

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. 


Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5
Map

Lodging Near Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

See all 605 Hotels near Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
$101
Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

150 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs
3.7
of 5, from 1,746 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This contemporary hotel in downtown Palm Springs is steps from dining and shopping on Palm Canyon Drive, 3 blocks from the Palm Springs Convention Center, and 2 miles from the airport.

$89
Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

155 S Belardo Road, Palm Springs
3.8
of 5, from 2,031 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the heart of Palm Springs, this resort is adjacent to Palm Canyon Drive, the city's main cultural and shopping thoroughfare.

$68
Baymont Inn and Suites Palm Springs

Baymont Inn and Suites Palm Springs

390 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs
3.5
of 5, from 344 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Ruddy's General Store Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium and Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and Heusso Gallery are also within 10 minutes.

$56
Motel 6 Palm Springs Downtown

Motel 6 Palm Springs Downtown

660 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs
3.6
of 5, from 673 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ruddy's General Store Museum and Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium. Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and Baristo Park are also within 15 minutes.

$99
Best Western Plus Las Brisas Hotel

Best Western Plus Las Brisas Hotel

222 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs
4.2
of 5, from 1,584 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Heusso Gallery and within 3 mi (5 km) of Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium and Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Ruddy's General Store Museum and Agua Caliente Cultural Museum are also within 5 minutes.

$119
Hyatt Palm Springs

Hyatt Palm Springs

285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs
4.1
of 5, from 1,614 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

On Palm Canyon Drive, this all-suite hotel is within 2 blocks of Palm Springs Follies, Palm Springs Art Museum, Spa Resort Casino, shopping, and near over 40 restaurants and nightclubs.

$79
Marquis Villas Resort by Diamond Resorts

Marquis Villas Resort by Diamond Resorts

140 S Calle Encilia, Palm Springs
3.8
of 5, from 1,474 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this condo is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Heusso Gallery and within 3 mi (5 km) of Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium and Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and Ruddy's General Store Museum are also within 10 minutes.

$62
The Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort

The Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort

1600 N Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
3.5
of 5, from 686 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The Riviera Palm Springs, gives you easy access to many activities and things to do in Palm Springs, including magnificent hiking, unique jeep tours, museums and world-class shopping. While visiting, choose from many area Palm Springs attractions and shopping malls. Play golf on several nearby championship golf courses.