The Carmel Valley Historical Society was formed in 1987 by a group of dedicated Valleyites who were committed to preserving and promoting the unique history and heritage of Carmel Valley. It celebrated its 30th Anniversary in April 2017.
Its exhibits provide a unique experience that will inform, delight and engage your imagination. Discover Carmel Valley’s role in sending to the world the iconic video of Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon, President Nixon’s visit to China, and Elvis Presley’s “Aloha” concert in Hawaii. See a Mammoth fossil found in the Carmel River and touch a replica of it. Marvel at iconic photos & western gear that capture ranch life in Carmel Valley. Immerse yourself in our fascinating Native Peoples exhibit and picture yourself paddling down the river in the tule reed boat on display. Look into a Victorian era parlor and imagine playing on our piano that was shipped around Cape Horn in the 1860s. Touch the rugged ridges and ravines of the Valley, and view Mexican land grants and other landmarks on our 3D map. And much more!