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.

From the Archives

Enjoy seldom-seen artwork from the archives of the La Quinta Historical Society from February 6 through March 30.

Mini exhibit in our Local History gallery:

La Quinta Legends: Frank Capra

Legendary director Frank Capra’s films made the American dream come alive on the silver screen during the 1930s and ’40s—and our own La Quinta may have played a part in his success! This exhibit shines the spotlight on one of our city’s most celebrated residents.

Programs & Events

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

Sketchbook Journaling
April 19
1-3 pm Sketchbook Journaling Get in touch with your inner artist with sketchbook journaling. Basic supplies provided.
GOOD BOOKS in the Gallery
April 25
Thursday, April 25, 3 p.m. Good Books in the Gallery: Author Talk Let’s read a great book, and then get together to discuss! This month, we’ll read Violeta by Isabel Allende. A limited number of free copies are available for book club participants, call 760.777.7170 to request one.  
April 27
Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m. Creative Conversations Enjoy performance by and discussion with creatives who will share their inspiration. This month, meet the poets of The Wordkeepers group.
Sketchbook Journaling
May 3
1-3 pm Sketchbook Journaling Get in touch with your inner artist with sketchbook journaling. Basic supplies provided.
Sketchbook Journaling
May 17
1-3 pm Sketchbook Journaling Get in touch with your inner artist with sketchbook journaling. Basic supplies provided.


La Quinta Museum
La Quinta Museum

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.

For information:


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Museum Contact Form

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.

Sunday & Monday:


La Quinta Museum
La Quinta Museum

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