Preserving the past, enriching the present, and enhancing the future for all generations.


The La Quinta Museum showcases La Quinta’s history and cultural arts through displays on two floors. There is a diorama of a Cahuilla Indian village and another depicting native animals. Photos of the early resorts remind us of the attraction of the desert early on. The community room exhibits a 32-foot long mural of La Quinta highlights painted by Andre Blanche.

The La Quinta Museum is a Cultural Museum with two exhibit galleries. Gallery 1, located on the 2nd floor, is local history featuring the Cahuilla Indians, The Desert Club, and The La Quinta Hotel. Gallery 2, located on the 1st floor, features new revolving exhibits that change every three to four months.


Community Room

Mural by André Blanché (part of the La Quinta Art in Public Places program). Dorothea Lange photo gallery of Coachella Valley images.

The Story of La Quinta

Enjoy our newly expanded local history exhibit! Dive into the stories of our city, from the original stewards of the land, the Cahuilla, to the homesteaders, ranchers, and dreamers looking for a desert oasis.

Mission Gráfica: Reflecting a Community in Print 

Mission Gráfica: Reflecting a Community in Print on exhibit through July 20, 2024

This touring exhibition showcases California’s long tradition of activist printmaking and offers an historical context for understanding our present moment. The exhibition, comprised of 42 screenprints, reflects an enormous variety of styles, approaches and sensibilities. The artists range from emerging artists to well-known figures such as Carmen Lomas Garza, Nancy Hom, Rupert Garcia, Mildred Howard, Jean La Marr, Ester Hernandez, Michael Roman, Jesus Barraza, Favianna Rodriguez, and the San Francisco Print Collective. Mission Gráfica: Reflecting a Community in Print is a touring exhibition developed in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, artists from Mission Gráfica, and Exhibit Envoy.

Spotlight exhibit in our Local History gallery:

LQ Fact or fiction: The Fisherman Steps

Have you heard that the rock stairs in the La Quinta Cove have a Hollywood connection? They do— but it might not be the one that you think! Find out what’s fact and what’s fiction in this spotlight exhibit.

Programs & Events

For the full complement of exhibits and programs, please visit the La Quinta Museum Facebook Page.

K-6 Summer Art Classes at the Museum!
June 6
art for kids
Sketchbook Journaling
June 7
Friday, June 7 & 21, 1-3 p.m. Sketchbook Journaling Get in touch with your inner artist with sketchbook journaling. Basic supplies provided.
Genealogy Meet-Up at the Museum
June 8
 Second Saturday each month 1-3 p.m. Genealogy Meet-Up Whether you’re a beginner or an expert in all things Genealogy, join us for discussion and collaboration.
STITCH Fiber Arts Club
June 11
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. STITCH Fiber Arts Group Bring your fiber project, meet with friends old and new, share what you’ve been working on, and get inspired for your next project.
TED Talk Hangout
June 12
2nd Wednesday of the month, 1 PM TED Talk Hangout Let’s enjoy a TED talk on the big screen, and then discuss!
K-6 Summer Art Classes at the Museum!
June 13
art for kids


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The La Quinta Historical Society is a volunteer, nonprofit service organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich multi-cultural history of La Quinta through:

La Quinta Historical Society strives to touch all ages from youth to seniors, socio-economic and multi-ethnic groups, community residents and area visitors, in an effort to link the present, the past, and the future with the treasured history of La Quinta.

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For La Quinta Museum questions or inquiries, please fill out the form below.


77885 Avenida Montezuma
La Quinta, CA 92253

Phone: (760) 777-7170


Tuesday – Saturday:
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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