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Ruddy's General Store Museum

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Address: 221 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262-6310
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+1 760-327-2156

A re-creation of a general store during the 1930s and early 1940s, this...

A re-creation of a general store during the 1930s and early 1940s, this unique museum displays the original fixtures, hardware, medicines and products of that period.

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This is a gold mine of history!

After we visited the Agua Caliente Museum next door we wandered into the Ruddy's Museum. What a great discovery! When you walk in you are greeted by Sally. She is a fount of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After we visited the Agua Caliente Museum next door we wandered into the Ruddy's Museum. What a great discovery! When you walk in you are greeted by Sally. She is a fount of information not only about the museum but about the history of Palm Springs in general. Spend some time speaking with her, trust me you'll enjoy it. The... More 

1 Thank drsoozie
Long Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a wonderful experience seeing all of the antiquities. Visit every time we come to Palm Springs!!! The lady behind the desk (Sally) was very informative and made the experience that much better!!'

1 Thank pearlmom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our stop at this little museum displaying original items you would see in general stores of the past. We recognized many of the items and were amazed at the mint condition of the packaging. Everything is neat and organized and the person at the desk was very friendly and informative.

2 Thank lovelyric08
Edmonds, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During our trips to PS we typically come downtown for dinner and stroll the street before and after our meals. As a result, the museum has already closed for the day. This time, we decided on an afternoon walk and are glad we did because Ruddy’s Museum is a real delight. Imagine taking a moment in time from a 30’s... More 

4 Thank DP49
marina del rey, ca
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

I saw the photos online prior to our weekend getaway from LA. It was the first place we looked for when we hit town. Easy to find, the slight admission of ninety five cents was as quaint as a nickel loaf of bread. The two ladies who were there were quite knowledgeable about the vast inventory but the most fascinating... More 

4 Thank emeraldile
Woodbury, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Interested turn back in time. Very small, interesting conversations pieces for kids about how things used to be. Honestly, probably won't spend more then 10 minutes in the store.

2 Thank michcarl651
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

American pickers would have a field day in this store. I stopped by out of curiosity and spent a whole hour. Great way to top my visit!

4 Thank Ashley D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I really loved this little museum - only wish I had more time to pend here. They ask for a 95 cent admittance fee. Funny how many people think this is actually a store and not a museum - not sign readers, I guess. The docent was really nice and had a lot of information to share. There is more... More 

5 Thank dondedieu
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

OMG! What a great unique experience! American Pickers, Mike & Frank, would be so jealous!!! My husband and I had so many wonderful memory boosters from our childhood, remembering things our parents and grandparents used in their homes! The medicinal products, the kitchen gadgets and food items, the original signage and advertising!! So great!! Mr. Ruddy, thank you so much... More 

3 Thank thebauks
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Ruddy’s 1930’s General Store Museum, Palm Springs, CA – Mar. 20/17 Ruddy’s General Store is located in the heart of the tourist strip (S. Palm Canyon Dr.) in downtown Palm Springs, CA right next door to the oldest and second-oldest houses in Palm Springs and the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in Palm Springs, CA This is a small, quaint museum.... More 

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