Cultural History

Desert Homesteading History of Twentynine Palms


29 Palms Historical Society – Old Schoolhouse Museum

Twentynine Palms Historical Society in Twentynine Palms, CATwentynine Palms Historical Society was founded in 1982 and incorporated as a non-profit public benefit corporation. In 1992, the society moved the city’s original 1927 one-room schoolhouse to a parcel of land on National Park Drive near the Oasis of Mara and remodeled the building to become the Old Schoolhouse Museum. Today, the historical society continues to preserve and interpret the historical heritage of the Twentynine Palms area through a variety of museum displays, special collections, an extensive library, historical gatherings, educational lectures, and a quarterly newsletter.

The museum also has a gift shop and is the site of two famous annual events: the Old Timers Gathering during Pioneer Days in October and the Weed Show in November. The Old Schoolhouse Museum is open 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (Summer hours starting in June —  1 to 4 p.m. from Friday through Sunday / Goes back to normal hours in Sept.).

Old Schoolhouse Museum
6760 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760) 367-2366

Co-sponsored by Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and Twentynine Palms Historical Society on the second Friday each month, September to June. (See Calendar of Events for monthly lectures.) Lectures start at 7 p.m. $5 at the door. Subscribe to the entire Old Schoolhouse lecture series for $40 and save $10 on ten lectures! Subscribers also receive reserved seating at the events. To subscribe to the series, call (760) 367-5535; mail a check to: Desert Institute, 74485 National Park Dr., Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 (make check payable to Joshua Tree National Park Association and indicate Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series); or sign up online.


Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

In-Depth Exploration by The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park is an adult education program offering an in-depth exploration of the park’s natural wonders. Learn from highly qualified instructors who are passionate about sharing their expertise and committed to providing a personal and fun learning experience. The Desert Institute is sponsored by the Joshua Tree National Park Association and operates with the full endorsement of the National Park Service.

Join us this season for an educational adventure. Classes range from desert survival, natural history, and geologic exploration, to artistic endeavors like experiencing poetry, art and photography in the park. Besides field classes, Desert Institute offers custom programs, step-on guides for bus tours, community lectures, and JT Master Naturalist Certification. See the link below to sign up for the Desert Institute newsletter and catalog of upcoming classes and workshops.

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree NP
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760) 367-5535