Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

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Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
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Location219 South Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California 33°49′15″N 116°32′50″W / 33.82096°N 116.54723°W / 33.82096; -116.54723 (Agua Caliente Cultural Museum)Coordinates: 33°49′15″N 116°32′50″W / 33.82096°N 116.54723°W / 33.82096; -116.54723 (Agua Caliente Cultural Museum)
TypeAnthropology museum
DirectorSteven Karr
CuratorDawn Wellman
Public transit accessSunLine Transit
Lines 111, 30, 14

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.[1]


The museum was established in 1991.



Among the collections of the museum are:

  • Off-site Exhibitions – the museum sponsors exhibits at various institutions. Presently exhibits are at:
    • Spa Resort Casino Hotel Lobby (Palm Springs) on the spiritual Wahaatukicnikic Tetayaw (Blue Frog) living at the Agua Caliente Hot Spring
    • California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus about Native Americans competing in sports
    • Palm Springs City Hall, showing major milestones and events of Cahuilla people history
  • Core exhibitions
    • Cahuilla Culture and History
    • The Florence Patencio Collection, about a significant cultural leader of the community
  • Online exhibitions
  • Featured exhibitions

Preservation of artifacts[edit]



The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians sponsors the museum.


The museum is located at 219 South Palm Canyon Drive (downtown Palm Springs) between Areanas Road and Baristo Road. Public transportation via SunLine Transit is available on lines 111, 30 and 14.[2] Administrative offices and a 1,200 volume reference library are at 901 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite C-204, Palm Springs, CA 92262.



The museum is the first Native American museum to be part of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program.[4]

Activities and recognition[edit]

The museum participates in the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Museum Assessment Program;[5] 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).[6]

It also collaborates with the UCLA/Getty's Masters Program.[7]

Future plans[edit]

The museum is fundraising for expansion into a 100,000 square foot facility designed by architects Jones & Jones.[8]


  1. ^ American Heritage "Agua Caliente Cultural Museum"
  2. ^ SunLine Transit: Destinations
  3. ^ OCLC 58801355
  4. ^ "Smithsonian Affiliations". Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  5. ^ AAM MAP at 30
  6. ^ AAM Calendars of Events (budgets greater than $750,000 category)
  7. ^ Visit to Palm Springs: Collaboration between the UCLA/Getty Master’s Program and the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum April 21, 2011
  8. ^ Jones & Jones: Work: Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
  • Browne, Mildred; Milanovich, Richard; Patencio, Ray; Bean,Lowell John (c. 2004). Through you, my ancient people, I am. Palm Springs, CA: Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. p. 24. OCLC 63706039.

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