The New Museum


Preserving and Sharing the Gifts of Native Knowledge and Culture

The shaping of the Coachella Valley has many historic chapters. The Cahuilla people contribute volumes of historic knowledge about these precious lands, their Native culture, and Tribal influences on life today in Palm Springs and the surrounding region. Their story – or, more accurately, their centuries of stories – enrich the lives of Coachella Valley residents and visitors every day and form a living archive of Tribal history.PR402_1.jpg

Preservation of these stories is critical. Making them accessible – together with Tribal artifacts and the unique signatures of the Agua Caliente Band’s way of life – is the primary role of Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. To fulfill its mission more fully, the Museum’s Board of Directors has launched a $65 million capital campaign to fund construction of a 110,000 sq. ft. Museum facility in the heart of Palm Springs.

The new facility will make it possible to:

Capturing a New Day

An elegant contemporary echo of traditional Cahuilla culture – basketry, pottery, and architecture – distinguishes the new Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, designed by Jones & Jones Architects & Landscape Architects. This firm includes Johnpaul Jones (Cherokee/Choctaw), who was lead designer for the National Museum of the American Indian of the Smithsonian Institution. A complement to its desert surroundings, the Museum will draw travelers to the heart of the Coachella Valley and provide a congenial environment for guests and residents who come again and again.

“Through You, My Ancient People, I Am”

PR402_C.jpgThis message will greet visitors to the new Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and set the stage for the dramatic story of a culture that has struggled, persevered, and transformed. The many facets of this message that will emerge through the permanent exhibition are based on five central themes – land, knowledge, struggle, adaptation, and identity.

The new Museum includes:

The new Agua Caliente Cultural Museum will be a vital destination for tourists. It will make the City of Palm Springs and surrounding region proud of so distinguished a heritage, and will teach the important lessons that have come down through the ages.

For additional information about this project, please contact Executive Director Michael Hammond, Ph.D. at 760.833.8166 or To inquire about the capital campaign, contact Steve Sharp, Director of Development, at 760.833.8167 or

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