Engaging exhibitions at Agua Caliente Cultural Museum portray the history and culture of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other indigenous people. Exhibitions draw from extensive collections of archaelogical material, objects of material culture, art, crafts, documents, publications, photographs, and audiovisual media -- historic and contemporary.


Through You, Our Ancient Leaders, We Became:

October 30, 2013 through November 9, 2014 

The 19th and 20th centuries ushered in some of the most challenging events in Cahuilla history, the arrival of Euro-Americans and their subsequent loss of land, the introduction of the reservation system, and their move away from traditional ways of life.

This new exhibition explores the external and internal pressures that six influential Cahuilla leaders faced during the transformation of three autonomous clans into one tribal band -- the Agua Caliente Band.

Learn how Juan Antonio, Cabazon, Manuel Largo, Pedro Chino, Francisco Patencio, and John Joseph Andreas fought to preserve sovereignty and assert the Band's legal rights.


Flora Patencio Collection – Flora Patencio was a strong leader in the history of the Agua Caliente people. She participated in some of the most important political and cultural decisions of her time. This exhibition is a study of basket making techniques and materials.


Agua Caliente Cultural Museum collaboratively shares its resources with other institutions through off-site exhibitions, offering a unique glimpse of local history for university students and staff, Coachella Valley residents, and visitors to the desert.

New! Exhibition

Early Life of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

This exhibition is an introduction to the origin and traditional ways of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians -- earliest people of Palm Springs. See displays of cultural objects against a backdrop of photo panels with informational text.

Spa Resort Casino Hotel Lobby
100 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Song of the BasketACCM_Baskets_5029

The Song of the Basket exhibition about southern California baskets examines aspects of Cahuilla culture from a woman's perspective.  Studying their baskets, we can deepen our understanding and appreciation of the Cahuilla people and their culture.

California State University/San Bernardino
Palm Desert Campus
37500 Cook Street, Palm Desert

Since Time Immemorial

The Since Time Immemorial exhibition  highlights major events and milestones in the history of the Cahuilla people.

Palm Springs City Hall
3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs

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Dream of the Blue Frog (Wahaatukicnikic Tetayaw)

BlueFrogPromoThis exhibition focuses on the history and lore of the Agua Caliente Hot Spring from ancient times to the present. Blue Frog is one of the nukatem or spiritual beings residing in the Spring.

 Spa Resort Casino Hotel (location of the hot spring)
100 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

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Additional displays of artifacts and archival photographs are displayed in the hotel lobby of the Spa Resort Casino Hotel, Palm Springs Visitors Center, Palm Springs City Hall, California State University/San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus, and the Tahquitz Canyon Visitors Center.

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