Museum Profile

Established 1859
Hours 10-4 Tue-Sat.
Sunday 1-4
Admission $2 donation

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28314 Mercedes Street, Temecula, CA 92590 - Map  
Admin Office: (951) 694.6452 
Gift Shop: (951) 694-6450

Museum Information

Come join us and go back into time and experience the rich history of the Temecula Valley from its discovery to today. A visit to the museum promises a fun and informational day for the entire family. Picnic facilities and a children's playground just outside the museum's front door in a picturesque park completes a pleasurable day. The museum is located next door to the Old Town Temecula Chapel and
Sam Hicks Park.

The museum has something to offer everyone whether you are a history buff, a researcher, or a curios child. Enjoy the museum on your own or as a part of a docent-guided tour.

Exhibits represent life in the Temecula Valley though time and different cultures that influenced the development of the area. Displays contain handcrafted artifacts, cultural items, ranching and farming equipment, documents, photographs and more. Exhibits depict key stories, including the Luiseno Indians, Mission San Luis Rey period, establishment of the ranchos, and transportation influences including the stagecoah and railroads.
More Temecula History.

Traveling exhibits, special collections and other changing displays may be viewed in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery.

The museum schedules "First Thursday" evening programs on a monthly basis for adults and families. These programs include performing events, gallery talks, demonstrations, lectures and other media targeted to subject areas in the exhibits. Family day activities are provided on the first Saturday of each month, presenting hands-on interactive learning opportunities for children and their families.

Museum staff is available to help you plan specifically designed tours for school classes and special interest groups. (909) 694-6452.

The museum has a Gift Shop located off the rotunda of the museum, this charming gift shop features unique gifts for every age. You will find a variety of books on the history of the Temecula Valley and related subjects, children items from pure fun to educational, decorative accessories, collectibles, soft goods, gourmet products from the Temecula Valley Woman's Club, exclusive designs for our own braded line of T-Shirts, hats and mugs, and many other items themed to the western flavor of our exciting new museum.

Famous Temecula Residents
Erle Stanley Gardner
Helen Hunt Jackson
Walter Vail


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