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Old Schoolhouse Museum/
29 Palms Historical Society

6760 National Park Drive

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-2366

www.29palmshistorical.com

The oldest public building in the Morongo Basin houses the Old Schoolhouse Museum, which preserves a 1920s schoolroom, papers, books, other resource documents, and exhibits and artifacts. The Twentynine Palms Historical Society, a private nonprofit, maintains the museum as part of its goal to protect and interpret the region’s history. The Society and the Desert Institute co-sponsor the Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series from September through June on the second Friday every month. Thousands of school children have toured the museum, which hosts the Old Timers’ Gathering every October during the city’s annual Pioneer Days.

Beauty Bubble Salon & Museum

5444 Moon Way

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 835-9369

www.moonwaylodge.com

Hair care through the ages: More than 2,000 pieces of beauty and hair memorabilia, including  the 1970s mod Ken doll. By appointment, naturally.

World Famous Crochet Museum

61855 Highway 62

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

www.sharielf.com/museum.html

Gales in 2011 that upended its former Foto-Mat trailer and whirled the crochet pieces  though a sandstorm couldn’t quash The World Famous Crochet Museum. It’s been righted, bolted to a base and reopened for visitors with its small but fabulous offerings. See ww.flickr.com/photos/tags/crochetmuseum/show — A favorite would have to be the crocheted taco. Unforgettable.

Noah Purifoy Museum

63030 Blair Lane

Joshua Tree, CA

(213) 382-7516

www.noahpurifoy.com

Artist Noah Purifoy spent most of his life making art out of other people’s throwaways, and by the time he died in 2004 at 86, he’d pretty much filled 10 desert acres with his whimsical sculptures. The Noah Purifoy Foundation looks after them now. Call for an appointment and plan to go early. By noon it’s really, really hot.

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