About Palm Springs Historical Society

The Palm Springs Historical Society is a non-profit organization established in 1955 by Melba Berry Bennett. The Society operates two museums and a Research Library.

The McCallum Adobe (built in 1884) and the Cornelia White House (built in 1893) are the two oldest buildings in Palm Springs. The Welwood Murray Memorial Library (1940) is the archives and research library.


 The McCallum Adobe (1884)

The McCallum Adobe


2019-2020 Season Exhibits

In process - to be announced.

permanent exhibits

Inside the Adobe Museum you will find exhibits displaying Palm Springs’ colorful life. You’ll be unable to resist hundreds of historical photographs dating from the 1880s to the 1980s; including photos, letters and paintings from the early pioneers who made us who we are today. 



 The Cornelia White House (1893)

Cornelia Whitehouse Palm Springs

Closed for refurbishing until further notice. If you’re curious to see what a turn-of-the-century Palm Springs residence might have looked like, walk next door to the Cornelia White House. This house was once part of the first hotel in Palm Springs (The Palm Springs Hotel) and was later home to pioneer Cornelia White.

Knowledgeable and personable curators are always on hand to answer questions - and if encouraged they probably might have a story or two to share.

Note: The Cornelia White House will close on May 29th, 2018 for the 2019 season for refurbishing. 


 Welwood Murray Memorial Library (1940)

Welwood Murray Memorial Library

The library located at 100 South Palm Canyon Drive at the corner of East Tahquitz Canyon Way, designed by architect John Porter Clark, opened in 1940..

The library's recent renovation now houses a research library and storage facility for the Palm Springs Historical Society, provides tourism information, computer stations and community meeting space for the public.

Palm Springs Historical Society Research Library

Hours for the Research Library
(at the Welwood Murrary Memorial Library)

Open Mon - Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm by appointment.

-VIEW the Research Library Online
The PSHS Research Library offers numerous materials from the Museum's collection. Browse our extensive online database, explore photos, books, periodicals, manuscripts, and much more.

Check out our Online Collections Database

-VISIT the Research Library
Tel: 760-656-7394
If you need further assistance please call to make an appointment. Arrangements must be made prior with the Historical Society to access historic archives on site at the library.

PSHS Policies and Services

Downtown Public Library and Visitors Center

Public Library Tel: 760-323-8296
The WMML provides library services as a branch of the main Palm Springs Library, free WiFi, public computers and a browsing collection of national magazines and newspapers. It also functions as a downtown visitors center from 9 am to 9 pm everyday.

WMML Policies and Services

100 South Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262



Palm Springs Historical Walking Tours

Palm Springs Historical Walking Tours


Join us for an entertaining stroll through Palm Springs, enjoy walking tours full of history, fun stories, famous architecture and intrigue.

Come visit us and see for yourself. 

Walking tours are now only available by arranging a private tour during the hot summer months June-September. Contact the Palm Springs Historical Society for pricing and to make arrangements.  Our regular scheduled walking tour season will begin again October 10, 2019. 


The Palm Springs Historical Society is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, and all proceeds from our walking tours and events benefit the Palm Springs Historical Society. Your support plays a unique role in preserving the history of Palm Springs. Thank you for your contribution.

Admission is free to both museums. 


The McCallum Adobe Museum
Open Daily Monday - Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Museum will be closed on the following days:

  • December 24 (Christmas Eve)
  • December 25 (Christmas Day)
  • December 31 (New Years Eve)
  • January 01, 2020 (New Years Day)

The Cornelia White House Museum
Will be closed for refurbishing until further notice.

The Welwood Murray Memorial Museum
Is open year round Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm by appointment.
Call 760-656-7394

Walking Tours
Private Tours can be arranged by calling 760-323-8297.

Modernism Week Tours can be purchased at modernismweek.com follow the modWk schedule.


Contact us if you have any questions or want to learn more about the society.