29 Palms Museums & Historic-sites

Old Schoolhouse Museum, Oasis of Mara, Gold Mines & more . . .

Twentynine Palms has a rich and colorful history and the museums of the area have many exhibits depicting that history.

One local museum is the Old Schoolhouse Museum (1.0 mi), a schoolhouse that was originally built in 1927 and is operated by the Twentynine Palms Historical Society; another is the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center (1.8 mi), which offers exhibits and information about the history of Joshua Tree National Park and the people who haved lived there.

In nearby Yucca Valley, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum (21.8 mi) features a wide variety of displays that protray the unique natural, artistic and historical elements of the Mojave Desert.

Read our list of museums to to help you plan your visit to 29 Palms.

Old Schoolhouse Museum & Gift Shop

Website   •   1.0 Miles
LOCATION: 6760 National Park Dr, Twentynine Palms, CA (760)367-2366

29 Palms Old School House Mueseum

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society was founded in 1982 and is housed in the the Old Schoolhouse Museum. In 1992 the society moved the city’s original 1927 one-room schoolhouse to National Park Drive and remodeled the building to become the Old Schoolhouse Museum. The museum offers a variety of displays, special collections, historical gatherings and events, and educational activities including lectures, field trips, and a quarterly newsletter. Other features of the Old Schoolhouse Museum include historical exhibits, a research library, and a gift shop that offers souvenirs, books and cards.

Joshua Tree National Park Oasis Visitor Center & the Oasis of Mara

Website   •   1.8 Miles
LOCATION: 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA (760)367-5525

29 Palms Joshua Tree National Park

The Joshua Tree National Park Oasis Visitor Center is located in Twentynine Palms at the junction of Utah Trail and National Park Drive. The Center provides information about Joshua Tree National Park activities, campgrounds, hiking trails and much more.

Oasis Visitor Center

  • Open: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Phone: 760-367-5500
  • Location: Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms
  • Exhibits: yes
  • Available Facilities: water, flush toilets, bookstore, picnic tables

Historic Gold Park Mining District

Website   •   10.0 Miles

The Gold Park Mining District is located ten miles south of the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. It was operated by the Gold Park Consolidated Mining Company from 1905 until World War I. The district contains several old mines and is a popular area to tour by 4-wheel-drive vehicle.

JT & S Railroad Museum

Website   •   14.9 Miles
LOCATION: 8901 Willow Ln, Joshua Tree, CA

The JT & S Railroad Museum features fully operational 15″ gauge, 7 1/2″ gauge, and G-scale trackage amid the rocks, sagebrush, trees, and cactus. The Museum features several
full-sized railroad cars, as well as a railroad station building which houses our Francis Moseley live steam model collection.

Historic Dale Mining District

Website   •   15.0 Miles

The Dale Mining District is located 15 miles southeast of Twentynine Palms. There are several mines located in this area that were in use from 1881 to 1917, peaking in 1898 and declining with the onset of WWI. The Virginia Dale Mining District is a popular area for present day recreational mining. Visit the website for more info about the Dale Mining District.

Hi-Desert Nature Museum

Website   •   21.8 Miles
LOCATION: 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA (760) 369-7212

29 Palms Hi-Desert Museum

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum features exhibits that protray the unique natural, artistic and historical elements of life in the Lower Mojave Desert. Displays include ancient American Native artifacts, a gem and mineral collection, an interactive “Kids Corner”, a fossil collection, a mini-zoo featuring live desert animals, and a gift and book shop. There are collections from different eras represented here, from the early Native American cultures to the mining era and beyond.

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Guest Reviews

  • PamPam

    I have stayed here for over a year now and wouldn't stay anywhere else in twentynine palms. The staff are exceptionally nice, kind people, they always accommodate every request I have. I have two cats who love it here as much as I do. They safely roam the fenced yard or view the yard from the large front porch. It is quiet, the units are spacious and very comfortable and the full kitchen allows me to cook instead of having to eat out. I highly recommend staying here to experience the essence of being in the desert.

  • It was so comfortable, I didn’t want to check out!It was so comfortable, I didn’t want to check out!

    I had an absolutely wonderful experience at Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel! I found this unique, quiet place through the online reviews, and I couldn't have been happier with my stay. I used Sunnyvale Garden as my home base while I hiked in Joshua Tree National Park for five days. I booked a junior suite, which was wonderful for a solo traveler. The full kitchen allowed me to have breakfast in my room as well as to pack a picnic lunch for my hikes inside the park. The bed was so comfortable and the room so quiet that I slept like a baby! Management was always available, and they were very friendly and responsive to my needs.

    I felt so at home and relaxed at this pretty, quaint hotel that I truly didn't want to check out and go home! If you're planning to visit Joshua Tree National Park but want a hot shower and a comfortable, spacious room just minutes from the park, this is definitely the place to stay. Kudos to the staff for their wonderful service, too. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Twentynine Palms!

    Trip Advisor Guest, Irvine, CA

  • Felt WelcomedFelt Welcomed

    Units are essentially small apartments complete with everything one would need to stay short or long term. They accomodated our dog. The interior decor could use some updating but the service and friendliness encountered overshadowed any drabness. Clean inside out.

    Trip Advisor Guest, Toronto

  • Enjoy something different.Enjoy something different.

    We loved staying here, not an assembly line motel but a place with personality. Don't expect elegant, do expect quirky and fun, and roomy, and convenient. Like the desert relics worked into the landscaping; like bedroom, dining area, kitchen, seating area, and a grill outside; close to Joshua Tree, just off the main street where the murals are. With a visiting roadrunner and quail in the bushes. Do check what supplies are actually there before shopping, and be careful of the oddly placed posts in the parking area but apart from that, if you're open to something a little different but still like having a home away from home - you'll love this place. (PS I originally wrote this review right after staying there - with pictures, but it never showed up so I'm submitting it again because the place was worth it.)

    Trip Advisor Guest, South Jersey

  • What a wonderful hotel!What a wonderful hotel!

    What a wonderful place to stay, a real home away from home. The kitchen allowed me to cook my own food, and the 2 bedroom suite made me feel like I was more in a nice condo then a hotel.

    Trip Advisor Guest, Washington DC

  • It was pleasant and comfortable.It was pleasant and comfortable.

    The owner was very kind to us from the moment we arrived. He was personable and willing to do whatever was needed to make our stay better. The suites were like little houses. Everything was clean and comfortable. If you are in town to see Joshua Tree National Park, it is the perfect location... only a couple minutes drive away. I only wish we could have stayed for more than one night!

    Trip Advisor Guest, Delaware

  • This is the best place to stay in 29 Palms, makes the desert desirable.This is the best place to stay in 29 Palms, makes the desert desirable.

    I loved having a kitchen in the hotel so that we could save money on meals. It was a great place to relax on a budget. The staff is friendly and always available when you need them. It doesn't have a swimming pool, but it does have a hot tub.

    Trip Advisor Guest, St. Louis, MO

  • Wonderful play to stay!Wonderful play to stay!

    What a wonderful place to stay, I especially liked the look and feel of my suite. The grounds were very well maintained and the staff were extremely cordial, even offered to help with the luggage as I checked in, and were very accomodating to my unique needs.

    Trip Advisor Guest, San Pablo

  • If you want a hotel, this is not it but if you want a condo, nice.If you want a hotel, this is not it but if you want a condo, nice.

    This was not what we expected but that was because I did not pay attention to description in AAA, which labeled it a condominium. If you are looking for a typical hotel or motel, this is not the place for you. It is really in a residential area and is a true condominium apartment. It has a full kitchen, living room, dining area, separate bedroom. It was handy for preparing breakfast and keeping our picnic items cool. The staff was nice. We had a problem getting heat but Tony was quick to respond and fix it. The shower was a bit strange. The grounds were nice. It was generally quiet. It is undergoing renovation and will probably become a real nice place to stay as long as it is what you are looking for and not a traditional motel.

    Trip Advisor Guest, Southern California

  • They treated us like family!They treated us like family!

    The owner (Tony) started working with us even before we arrived. He assured that we had more than a comfortable room, and that we have everything we need and some special requests for our extended stay. Luis, Steve, Mo, and the two new cleaning girls that started the last three weeks that we were here, treated us like family. The grounds are always very clean, the rooms are spotless, and the staff was always available within in minutes for anything we needed. Sunnyvale is a hidden treasure snuggled in a hidden cove away from the main streets of Twentynine Palms.

    There is no place in the area that could offer the combination of atmosphere, customer service, cleanliness, and decor that we got there. Now that we moved into a home in the area, everyone who comes to visit us will stay at Sunnyvale. We would like to thank Tony and Steve especially for going out of their way to give us some special requests that we needed during our extended stay from September 27 until December 4, 2009. We will miss the whole staff and they will receive an invitation to our housewarming when we get all settled. Thank you for the Precious Moments we had at Sunnyvale!!

    Trip Advisor Guest, 29 Palms

  • Lovely place, quiet, clean and differentLovely place, quiet, clean and different

    We stayed just for one night and were very pleased to find a place that is different from the usual cookie-cutter motels. We enjoyed the jacuzzi and had a restful sleep. The room was very clean and had a real kitchen and we are thinking of coming back for a family reunion because we liked the layout of the rooms, like small cabins in clusters with small alleyways separating them. For a surcharge we were also able to bring our dog. The location was also ideal, sort of tucked away from the highway. The only thing I would improve is the mattress of the folding bed.

    Trip Advisor Guest, San Francisco

  • Very comfortable and relaxingVery comfortable and relaxing

    We stayed at the hotel for a single night and had a very nice stay. The location is very quiet and very close to the 29 Palms entrance of Joshua Tree NP. We chose to stay there because of the good reviews and did not regret it. The gardens of the hotel are very nice and our room was very spacious. Would like to come again and stay a little longer!

    Trip Advisor Guest, Graz

  • Best Hotel in town, very friendly staffBest Hotel in town, very friendly staff

    Stayed here during a visit of the Joshua Tree National Park in December 2009. Very friendly staff, stay was uncomplicated. All rooms are unique and arranged as little bungalows. Perfect for a longer stay, During summer time you can use the grill outside of each room.

    Trip Advisor Guest, New York