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Discover the Rich Heritage at the New Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza and Museum

Prepare to immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ culture, history, and ancestral land at the long-awaited Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza, set to open its doors this fall. This 5.8-acre oasis in downtown Palm Springs, perched above the ancient Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring (known as Séc-he in Cahuilla), is a testament to 30 years of dreams and dedication, culminating in a community grand opening on Friday, Nov. 3, open to all.

Tribal Chairman Reid D. Milanovich emphasizes, “When we share our culture, it helps preserve our culture,” encapsulating the essence of this monumental project. The plaza stands atop the sacred Séc-he, a site untouched by the earth’s surface for over 12,000 years, now home to the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, an education garden, and a cutting-edge spa. Linked by an inviting Gathering Plaza and Oasis Trail, the museum and The Spa at Séc-he offer a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.

Within the 48,000-square-foot Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, delve into the rich tapestry of Cahuilla history and culture. The museum houses almost 10,000 square feet of permanent exhibition space showcasing the tribe’s collection of artifacts, some dating back over 8,000 years, recovered from the plaza site in 2018. The museum experience commences with a captivating 12-minute film in a 360-degree animation theater, narrating the creation and migration stories of the Agua Caliente people. Outdoors, the Cultural Plaza mirrors the serene beauty of nearby Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon, inviting visitors to explore amid lush palm trees, flowing water, and intriguing rock formations along the Oasis Trail.

This cultural endeavor not only celebrates the heritage of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians but also pays homage to the tribe’s legacy as stewards of the Hot Mineral Spring, a source of healing for more than 130 years. It’s a place where tribal members, residents, and visitors can gather, heal, relax, and learn about the profound history, heritage, and wisdom of this sacred site, marking a new chapter in Palm Springs’ storied past.

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
140 N Indian Canyon Dr
Palm Springs,
(760) 778-1079

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