Cultural Self-Guided Tour in Palm Springs, Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a wonderful city surrounded by desert and mountains, and it is interesting how in such a geographic location a beautiful, tourist-attracting city was born. Take this tour to see and visit some of the most engaging museums and art galleries in Palm Springs.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Cultural Self-Guided Tour in Palm Springs Map

Guide Name: Cultural Self-Guided Tour in Palm Springs
Guide Location: USA » Palm Springs (See other walking tours in Palm Springs)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: Dee
Palm Springs Historical Society & Village Green

1) Palm Springs Historical Society & Village Green (must see)

The Palm Springs Historical Society was established in 1955 by Melba Berry Bennett. It is housed in The Village Green Heritage Center that occupies two 19th century buildings, The McCallum Adobe Museum and Miss Cornelia White's "Little House". These pioneer houses find themselves in a picturesque park-like setting surrounded by hotels, shops and restaurants.

The McCallum Adobe is the city's oldest standing edifice, erected in 1884 for John McCallum, the first permanent white resident. Inside it features a large number of photographs, paintings, clothing, tools, books, and Indian ware dating back to the earliest days of Palm Springs. Miss Cornelia White's “Little House” was constructed from railroad ties in 1893 by the city's first hotel owner, Dr. Welwood Murray. It holds a collection of donated antiques.

Why You Should Visit:
Nice central hub of local history; a nice convenient way to immerse yourself quickly in everything from Native American life to early settler architecture to lifestyle and community growth.

The Historical Society offers several walking tours in the 2-mile, 2-hr range. Most walks are wisely offered at 9:30am (before it gets too hot out) and you learn a great deal about Palm Springs history and future. The information is available on their website and you can buy tickets.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-4pm
Free admission
Ruddy's General Store Museum

2) Ruddy's General Store Museum (must see)

The Ruddy's General Store Museum represents the past, especially the 1930s and early 1940s. It is filled with general store merchandise and fixtures collected by a depression-era liquidator and kept in a basement for 40 years. Everything is authentic – no recreations – and over 95% of the items are filled with their original contents. Hardware, clothing, food, pharmacy, board games, tobacco, cleaning products, etc., etc., – and the docent is there to answer any questions. Admission is only $1.00 and well worth the time. Much fun!

Why You Should Visit:
Not a place to shop but a fun place to remember items from the past and giggle at what folks used to buy!
Neighboring this museum are other mini-museums that are free/donation if desired, so it is worth the trip.

Be sure to ask the guide what some of her favorite items are and she'll point out some hidden gems.

Opening Hours:
Thu-Sun: 10am-4pm
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

3) Agua Caliente Cultural Museum (must see)

The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum is an association where the culture and history of the Cahuilla peoples are interpreted. It was founded in 1991 and it shows characteristics of this long-established culture in the heart of Palm Springs. The museum exhibits artifacts, jewelry, music and photographs of the indigenous Cahuilla Indians, as well as organizing tours and special events, plus other activities. Now the museum has a mission to build another facility of this kind to extend the tribe's traditions and teach the new generations to share this way of life with others. Their new 100,000 sq ft facility is planned to open in 2020.

Why You Should Visit:
To learn about the beautiful culture, and to get an insight into how early inhabitants were able to live in this desert.

Check out the lovely garden in back, which relates to many plants used by the area's early, tribal residents.
Also, consider visiting the nearby Indian Canyons afterwards.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Sun: 10am-5pm (Sep-May); Fri-Sun: 10am-5pm (Jun-Aug)
Stewart Galleries

4) Stewart Galleries

The Stewart Galleries is one of the most famous art galleries in Palm Springs. It is located downtown and was founded in 1986. Here visitors can admire valuable collections of paintings, antique items and accessories, encrusted seashells, with some pieces representing the nineteenth century as well as the twentieth century. All exhibits are for sale, so you can purchase whatever you admire at the gallery. It is a highly-appreciated gallery that is recommended by artists themselves.
Plaza Theatre

5) Plaza Theatre

Plaza Theatre, also called Fabulous Palm Springs Follies because of the extraordinary holiday productions. It is considered one of the most important landmarks in Palm Springs. It is a famous throughout the world theatre because of the shows completed with music, dance and comedy. The visitors can admire movies since 1930’s, 40’s and even 60’s. During the show there are usually invited famous stars and the well-known Line of Long-Legged Lovelies.
Palm Springs Walk of Stars

6) Palm Springs Walk of Stars

The Palm Springs Walk of Stars is a historical attraction of Palm Springs. It is the place that represent the great value of the famous people and their worldwide importance. It was established in 1992 still honoring famous stars with a Golden Palm Star entrenched on the pathways of Palm Springs. There are already 329 stars. It is a tourist attraction and it also is an evidence of the past of Palm Springs.
Palm Springs Art Museum

7) Palm Springs Art Museum (must see)

The Palm Springs Art Museum (formerly the Palm Springs Desert Museum) was founded in 1938 and has become the regional Art, Natural Science and Performing Arts institution for Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

In 1982 the Museum earned national accreditation from the American Association of Museums. After a two-year process of self-evaluation in 1993/94, the Museum was commended as one of the country's extraordinary institutions and received subsequent accreditation until 2005. Today the permanent collection consists of more than 24,000 objects. 12,000 objects include fine art, fine art photography, photographic archives, Native American art, Mesoamerican art and artifacts from other cultures. The natural science collections are categorized in geology, biology and archaeology. 12,000 specimens include ceramics, lithics, tools, weapons, minerals, fossils, rocks, casts of fossils, herbaria, mounted invertebrates, preserved amphibians and reptiles, study skins and whole mounts of birds and mammals.

Why You Should Visit:
World class establishment with many special events throughout the year.
The art is well-grouped for viewing and appreciation, spacious and roomy to explore.

Start on the topmost floor and work your way down to the main floor. Make sure to get to the fun basement, too!

Opening hours:
Fri-Tue: 10am-5pm; Thu: 12-8pm
Free admission on Thursdays after 4pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Palm Springs, California

Create Your Own Walk in Palm Springs

Create Your Own Walk in Palm Springs

Creating your own self-guided walk in Palm Springs is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Modern and Famous Houses in Palm Springs Self Guided Tour

Modern and Famous Houses in Palm Springs Self Guided Tour

Palm Springs is an extremely beautiful city, hosting the numerous examples of stylish modern-style buildings. Most of them were built between 1940 and 1960. Take this tour to explore some of the most famous examples of architectural styles in Palm Springs.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.0 km
Gay Friendly Tour in Palm Springs

Gay Friendly Tour in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is one of the most well-known gay-friendly vacation destinations. It is an unprejudiced town where gays and lesbians can enjoy hanging out in many shops, bars, clubs and other public places. Take this tour guide to find some of the most popular attractions for gay tourists in Palm Springs.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Palm Canyon Drive Shopping Tour in Palm Springs

Palm Canyon Drive Shopping Tour in Palm Springs

Palm Canyon Drive is the most famous promenade in the historic center of Palm Springs. Magnificently filled with imposing palm trees that are constantly illuminated, Palm Canyon Drive offers numerous stores, cafés, art galleries, clubs and boutiques! Take this tour guide to go shopping in the most famous area of Palm Springs.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Palm Springs for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Palm Springs has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Palm Springs, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.