Ruddy's General Store Museum, Palm Springs

Ruddy's General Store Museum, Palm Springs (must see)

Ruddy's General Store Museum is a small building that recreates a 1930's town general store with an uncanny level of detail. The store’s shelves are lined with the contents from one private collection. Most of the items on display are still intact with their original products inside. Everything is original, dating from 1890 to 1945.

The store was a creation by Jim Ruddy, a Palm Springs resident and collector. In 1983, on a trip to mid-west, Ruddy came across a museum with a collection of Depression-era products and merchandise. He bought the collection and used the items to create this little fun museum. In 2003 he donated the entire museum to the city of Palm Springs. Today the museum is one of the most popular spots in the city.

Why You Should Visit

You can't buy anything–this is a glimpse at the past, not a functioning store. But it is fun to compare and contrast what the shopping experience was like a century ago with what we're used to now.


Ask the docent about their favorites or the most interesting items in the store–you're sure to get a good story.

The cost of entry is only $1, and it's well worth it. It's small, so don't expect to take very long. It's a wonderful stop whether you're passing by or just looking for a place to get out of the sun for a while.

Opening Hours:
Thu-Sun: 10am-4pm

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Sight Name: Ruddy's General Store Museum
Sight Location: Palm Springs, USA (See walking tours in Palm Springs)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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