Palm Springs Historical Walking Tours

Palm Springs Historical Walking Tours Join the Palm Springs Historical Society on remarkable walking tours through Palm Springs. Hear stories of history, architecture & glamour.

The McCallum Adobe, is located at 221 South Palm Canyon Drive. Please bring a hat, water, sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes for tours. Reservations required - Call 760.323.8297 or www.pshistoricalsociety.org Tour 1: THE HEART OF THE CITY Learn exciting stories of how Palm Springs came to be! Starting at our McCallum Adobe, built in 1884, then stroll through old La Plaza, built in 1936. Follow the steps of the pioneers as they laid the foundation for the Palm Springs of today. See what changed, what remains. One of our most popular tours. Approximately 1 1/2 hours. - Wednesday - 9:30 AM - Saturday - 11:00 AM Tour 2: GOLDEN ERA OF HOLLYWOOD HOMES IN OLD LAS PALMAS Walk among the stars in this prestigious and historic neighborhood which has one of the highest concentrations of celebrity homes . (Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball, Gene Autry, Kirk Douglas, and many others). Approximately 2.5 hours. - Monday, Thursday & Sunday 9:30 Tour 3: INNS, ARCHITECTURE AND GLAMOUR Experience some of the most beautiful historic, charming, and secluded hotels in this premier neighborhood where stars like Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Queen Latifah and John Travolta stayed and played. Truly a VIP Tour. Approximately 2 hours. - Wednesday - 9:30 AM Tour 4: CELEBRITY HAVEN: The Tennis Club Neighborhood. Explore boutique resorts designed by renowned architects. See hideaways where stars like Errol Flynn, Gloria Swanson, Cameron Diaz & Al Pacino enjoyed the serenity of these spectacular desert surroundings. - Tuesday & Saturday 9:30 AM Tour 5: RAT PACK NEIGHBORHOOD - Modernist Homes of Vista Las Palmas A trendy mid-century tract development, stunning Modernist homes appear custom-designed. See where the Rat Pack members and other celebrities lived and frolicked (Dean Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Elvis Presley, Kim Novak and many others). Approximately 2 hours. - Tuesday & Saturday 9:30 AM Tour 6: STARS AND STAR-CHITECTS - In Deepwell Stroll through this pristine mid-century neighborhood with elegant Modernist homes, designed by the desert's most renowned architects. View homes of some of the biggest names (Loretta Young, William Holden, Liberace, Jerry Lewis, Carmen Miranda and others). Learn fascinating secrets of the stars on this exciting tour. Approximately 2.5 hours. - Monday 9:30 AM Tour 7: FRANK SINATRA'S NEIGHBORHOOD: The Movie Colony. Visit enchanting old Palm Springs, home to Hollywood royalty Cary Grant, Gloria Swanson, Tony Curtis, and many others. Frank Sinatra made it his neighborhood when his iconic mid-century home became party central. Approximately 2 hours. - Friday 9:30 AM NEW Tour 8: HIDDEN PARADISE: Show Biz Legends in the Mesa. This beautiful secluded hillside neighborhood has long been home to the Hollywood elite, like Natalie Wood, Cher, and Robert Wagner. Today Barry Manilow and Suzanne Sommer's reside here. With its eclectic variety of architecture, it's truly a slice of paradise. Approximately 2 hours. - Tuesday 9:30 AM NEW Tour 9. BOOM TOWN: The Story of Uptown Palm Springs. Discover the history and architecture of Uptown Palm Springs through 3 Boom Eras: pre-WWII, postwar and today. Stroll the design district and visit historic resort hotels that reflect the town's relaxing and glamorous atmosphere. Approximately 2.5 hours. - Friday 9:30 AM PRIVATE TOURS: ARCHITECTURAL GEMS OR PALM SPRINGS HIGHLIGHTS. We provide a Historical Guide to show your private group the beauty, glamour and allure of Palm Springs. You choose the itinerary tailored to your interest and you provide and drive the vehicle - car, van, limo, bus or we can walk. Approximately 2.5 hours. During PALM SPRINGS MODERNISM WEEKS in October and February, we will add a special Modernism tour. This is an exciting celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture. Tour 10: ARCHITECTURAL ICONS of Fashion and Finance See how Palm Springs captured the imagination of desert modern architects who designed iconic mid-century structures on Palm Canyon. Approximately 1 1/2 hours. Time and day will be announce.

The new Palm Springs Historical Society Canyon Tour starts October 10, 2019.
05/02/2019

The new Palm Springs Historical Society Canyon Tour starts October 10, 2019.

Santorini Home Tour:  Being a volunteer at the P.S. Historical Society involves private home tours.  Go to our site and ...
04/26/2019

Santorini Home Tour: Being a volunteer at the P.S. Historical Society involves private home tours. Go to our site and join the team.

Last guests on the Inns, Architecture & Glamour Tour.Regular tours will start again October 10, 2019 with new tours.Priv...
04/20/2019

Last guests on the Inns, Architecture & Glamour Tour.
Regular tours will start again October 10, 2019 with new tours.
Private Tours available during the summer.
Thank you for supporting the P.S. Historical Society Walking Tours.

4 more days left:   P.S. Historical Society Walking Tours end. Can you recognize these on our tours?
04/15/2019

4 more days left: P.S. Historical Society Walking Tours end. Can you recognize these on our tours?

Last day for regular walking tours. APRIL 18, 2019.Private tours still available.  New tours  coming October 2019.  Tour...
04/13/2019

Last day for regular walking tours. APRIL 18, 2019.
Private tours still available. New tours coming October 2019.
Tour views of our beautiful city.

The Lucy and Desi Exhibit will be leaving soon from the McCallum Adobe Museum.   Please come to visit - Free Admission.
03/15/2019

The Lucy and Desi Exhibit will be leaving soon from the McCallum Adobe Museum.
Please come to visit - Free Admission.

Are you interested in being a volunteer for the P.S. Historical Society?  Call 760.323.8297 or go to our site pshistoric...
03/09/2019

Are you interested in being a volunteer for the P.S. Historical Society? Call 760.323.8297 or go to our site pshistoricalsociety.org.
Recently we took a tour to the beautiful Willows and Bishop houses.

Tour #3:  Inns, Architecture & Glamour Tour.  We take you inside the properties to see the beautiful grounds of the Aval...
03/08/2019

Tour #3: Inns, Architecture & Glamour Tour. We take you inside the properties to see the beautiful grounds of the Avalon Hotel and Ingleside Inn.

What fun we had doing our second parade this year on Saturday, February 23, 2019 - Celebrating our walking tours.
03/06/2019

What fun we had doing our second parade this year on Saturday, February 23, 2019 - Celebrating our walking tours.

Let's Talk: A Funny Thing Happened When... Adventures with Barbara Foster - February 27, 2019.  Barbara, who is now 93, ...
03/06/2019

Let's Talk: A Funny Thing Happened When... Adventures with Barbara Foster - February 27, 2019. Barbara, who is now 93, shared fun stories revealing how P.S. evolved into a hot spot for fashion, entertainment and style.

Tour #3:  Inns, Architecture & Glamour - Thursday @ 9:30.  Guests having fun at the Avalon Hotel in Palm Springs.
01/02/2019

Tour #3: Inns, Architecture & Glamour - Thursday @ 9:30. Guests having fun at the Avalon Hotel in Palm Springs.

#5 TOUR RAT PACK PLAYGROUND- Modernist Homes in Vista Las Palmas - 9:30 Tues. & Sat.  A trendy midcentury tract developm...
12/17/2018

#5 TOUR RAT PACK PLAYGROUND- Modernist Homes in Vista Las Palmas - 9:30 Tues. & Sat. A trendy midcentury tract development where stunning Modernist homes appear to be custom designed. See where the Rat Pack and other celebrities lived and played.

Tour #5 Rat Pack- 9:30 Tuesday & Saturday.A Trendy mid-century tract development where Modernist homes appear custom des...
12/11/2018

Tour #5 Rat Pack- 9:30 Tuesday & Saturday.
A Trendy mid-century tract development where Modernist homes appear custom designed. See where Rat Pack and stars lived and frolicked.

#1 Tour:  Heart of the City - Sat. and Wed.@ 9:30.See the art piece of the disappearing woman.
12/01/2018

#1 Tour: Heart of the City - Sat. and [email protected] 9:30.
See the art piece of the disappearing woman.

#9 TOUR - BOOM TOWN:  The Story of Uptown Palm Springs - 9:30 Friday. Stroll the design district and visit historic reso...
11/29/2018

#9 TOUR - BOOM TOWN: The Story of Uptown Palm Springs - 9:30 Friday. Stroll the design district and visit historic resort hotels that reflex the town's relaxing and glamorous atmosphere.

https://pshistoricalsociety.org/products/picnic-under-the-palms-2018Buy your tickets now for the annual P.S. Historical ...
11/27/2018

https://pshistoricalsociety.org/products/picnic-under-the-palms-2018
Buy your tickets now for the annual P.S. Historical Society Picnic - December 2 @ 12:00.
A rare opportunity to visit the private O'Donnell Golf Course and walk in the footsteps of Tom O'Donnell. The course is one of the few places remaining where one can see the toe of the mountain touch the valley floor, as it once was everywhere.
Catered by Jake's, the fare will feature sliders and salads. Come reminisce about the history of Palm Springs with those that remember and treasure the past.

#1 Heart of the City Tour - 9:30 Wed. & Sat.Did you know La Plaza was built in 1936? The first comprehensive shopping ce...
11/26/2018

#1 Heart of the City Tour - 9:30 Wed. & Sat.
Did you know La Plaza was built in 1936? The first comprehensive shopping center built in the USA after the depression.

#7 Tour:  Frank Sinatra's Neighborhood - 9:30 Friday, features Kenny Irwin's Robolight's during the Holidays. This exhib...
11/25/2018

#7 Tour: Frank Sinatra's Neighborhood - 9:30 Friday, features Kenny Irwin's Robolight's during the Holidays. This exhibit has been here for 30 years and may be moved next year.

Now Open:   McCallum Adobe museum Admission Free - Learn about the local desert artists.
11/24/2018

Now Open: McCallum Adobe museum
Admission Free - Learn about the local desert artists.

Seattle Walking Tour guests enjoying their purchases from the Palm Springs Historical Society website.
11/21/2018

Seattle Walking Tour guests enjoying their purchases from the Palm Springs Historical Society website.

Thank you Barbara Foster Henderson, representing the Palm Springs Historical Society for the Grand Central Restaurant Op...
11/20/2018

Thank you Barbara Foster Henderson, representing the Palm Springs Historical Society for the Grand Central Restaurant Opening. Barbara (now 93) worked at the original store then called Desmond's. Join us February 27, 2019 for her Lecture: "Another Talk with Barbara Foster". Tickets can be purchased on our site.

Tour #3:  Inns, Architecture & Glamour - Thursday 9:30.Walking Tour Guests - Having fun at the Avalon Hotel and Inglesid...
11/13/2018

Tour #3: Inns, Architecture & Glamour - Thursday 9:30.
Walking Tour Guests - Having fun at the Avalon Hotel and Ingleside Inn.

We have been very busy the last two weeks - lots of tours and our first parade.  Come Join the Fun!
11/13/2018

We have been very busy the last two weeks - lots of tours and our first parade. Come Join the Fun!

Thursday, October 11 - 9:30: Tours starting are:      #2 Golden Era of Hollywood Homes         #3 Inns, Architecture & G...
10/11/2018

Thursday, October 11 - 9:30: Tours starting are:
#2 Golden Era of Hollywood Homes
#3 Inns, Architecture & Glamour
Can you tell which tour these photos are from?

Palm Springs Historical Walking Tours
10/07/2018

Palm Springs Historical Walking Tours

October 17th - The McCallum Adobe, oldest building in Palm Springs, opens for the season. Free Admission, New Exhibits, Book Store, Gift Shop, learn the history of pioneer Pearl McCallum.

October 17th - The McCallum Adobe, oldest building in Palm Springs, opens for the season.  Free Admission, New Exhibits,...
10/07/2018

October 17th - The McCallum Adobe, oldest building in Palm Springs, opens for the season. Free Admission, New Exhibits, Book Store, Gift Shop, learn the history of pioneer Pearl McCallum.

October 11th, starts our walking tour season.  $20 for a 2 + hour tour. Best way to learn our history.
09/29/2018

October 11th, starts our walking tour season.
$20 for a 2 + hour tour. Best way to learn our history.

October 11, 2018P.S. Historical Society Walking Tours will start.  Fall Modernism Kick-Off Tours:  October 18-21, 2018. ...
08/09/2018

October 11, 2018
P.S. Historical Society Walking Tours will start.
Fall Modernism Kick-Off Tours: October 18-21, 2018.
(modernismweek.com)

Tomorrow is the first day to sign-up for October Fall Preview - October 18-21.  To preview events go to modernismweek.co...
07/31/2018

Tomorrow is the first day to sign-up for October Fall Preview - October 18-21. To preview events go to modernismweek.com - today.

Two more days - Wednesday -  is the first day to sign-up for modernism tours.October 18-21.  Be the first, they fill up ...
07/31/2018

Two more days - Wednesday - is the first day to sign-up for modernism tours.
October 18-21. Be the first, they fill up fast!!! modernismweek.com

Fall Kick-Off Modernism Site goes live this Wednesday, August 1 - Go to:   modernismweek.com
07/30/2018

Fall Kick-Off Modernism Site goes live this Wednesday, August 1 - Go to: modernismweek.com

Palm Springs Historical Society Museums are closing for the season.   Private Tours are available:  ARCHITECTURAL GEMS &...
07/07/2018

Palm Springs Historical Society Museums are closing for the season. Private Tours are available:
ARCHITECTURAL GEMS & PALM SPRINGS HIGHLIGHTS
Call: 760.656.7469 or 760.323.8297 for information.

Did you know that the Palm Springs Historical Society Walking Tours has 12 tours.  Here are 9 areas the walking tours co...
06/05/2018

Did you know that the Palm Springs Historical Society Walking Tours has 12 tours. Here are 9 areas the walking tours cover. 2 Private Tours are available during the summer. Call us for information.

The McCallum Adobe Museum - Summer Hours   Friday:  10am to 4:30pm   Saturday:  10 am to 4:30pm   Sunday:  11am to 4pm  ...
06/04/2018

The McCallum Adobe Museum - Summer Hours
Friday: 10am to 4:30pm
Saturday: 10 am to 4:30pm
Sunday: 11am to 4pm
Monday: 10am to 4:30pm
PRIVATE TOURS STILL AVAILABLE DURING SUMMER MONTHS

Monday July 2nd thru Saturday July 7th
OPEN ALL WEEK 10am to 4:30pm
Sunday, July 8th. 11am to 4pm

July 9th CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Guess who celebrated their 90th, with a surprise Birthday Party?  Ruth. Not only is she our wonderful Museum Volunteer a...
05/22/2018

Guess who celebrated their 90th, with a surprise Birthday Party? Ruth.
Not only is she our wonderful Museum Volunteer and Walking Tour Docent. She still tap dances every day.

More of our docents, at the  opening of the Lucy and Desi Exhibit.  Daughter Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill was the guest speake...
05/15/2018

More of our docents, at the opening of the Lucy and Desi Exhibit. Daughter Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill was the guest speaker.

A big thank you to our team of 45 walking tour docents.  These are some of the special volunteers that make our city his...
05/12/2018

A big thank you to our team of 45 walking tour docents. These are some of the special volunteers that make our city history come alive.

This film shows the history of Palm Springs.  You don't want to miss. Take one of our historical tours and learn more.
05/08/2018

This film shows the history of Palm Springs. You don't want to miss. Take one of our historical tours and learn more.

Back by popular demand....”Sinatra in Palm Springs” returns to the
Camelot Theatres in PALM SPRINGS
Playing DAILY

How many of you were Desert Circus Sheriff Deputies?   Many of the P.S. Historical Society volunteers  were in that role...
05/08/2018
Palm Springs Historical Society

How many of you were Desert Circus Sheriff Deputies?
Many of the P.S. Historical Society volunteers were in that role for many years.

Do you remember the Desert Circus?

Forever Marilyn will be back soon!
04/30/2018

Forever Marilyn will be back soon!

The 26-foot-tall "Forever Marilyn" statue and the 1930s Aluminaire exhibition house designed by Albert Frey are being programmed into the city's new outdoor event space, a 50,000-square-foot public park to become part of the city's new downtown development.

Forever Marilyn," by Seward Johnson, was on loan to Palm Springs for 22 months. The statue left in March 2014. Ever since, city officials have said they would work to get the statue back in Palm Springs for a permanent display.

The planned opening for the new downtown park is fall 2017, following the opening of a new Kimpton-brand hotel in fall 2016. The first of several new retail stores in the 14-acre redevelopment is set to come on line in the first quarter of 2016 with the opening of West Elm on Palm Canyon Drive.

Read the Full Story by the Desert Sun: http://www.desertsun.com/story/money/2015/06/12/palm-springs-downtown-project/71146328/

Fun Fact about one of our tours:  Can you see the Tahquitz Witch riding on a broom?  Hit "Like" if you can see the witch...
04/30/2018

Fun Fact about one of our tours: Can you see the Tahquitz Witch riding on a broom? Hit "Like" if you can see the witch.

Dive right in and join the Palm Springs Historical Society.We have a wide variety of membership benefits to enthrall his...
04/29/2018

Dive right in and join the Palm Springs Historical Society.
We have a wide variety of membership benefits to enthrall history lovers of all ages.
Members play a unique role in supporting the history of Palm Springs.
Go to our site pshistoricalsociety.org

Lee Holley, in March at the BNP Tennis Gardens with Billie Jean King, who bought two of his paintings.  We will miss Lee...
04/22/2018

Lee Holley, in March at the BNP Tennis Gardens with Billie Jean King, who bought two of his paintings. We will miss Lee on our Tuesday, Mesa Tour, drawing cartoons for our guests.

Sharing this sad news of one of our volunteers Lee Holley.  He contributed so much to our walking tours, 3rd grade educa...
04/22/2018
Lee Holley, Cartoonist of Teenage Life in ‘Ponytail,’ Dies at 85

Sharing this sad news of one of our volunteers Lee Holley. He contributed so much to our walking tours, 3rd grade education program and the world.

He was helping with “Dennis the Menace” when he created “Ponytail,” about a spirited girl in a postwar suburban world of boys, burgers and phone chats.

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221 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA
92262

BUZZ Bus operates Thursday to Sunday - Free

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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(760) 323-8297

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