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Ruddy’s General Store Museum in Palm Springs

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The 1930s were a memorable time in American history. From the Great Depression and World War II to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” solution that lifted the country out of the depths of economic despair, the 1930s played a significant role in the future of America.

Located along Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs, Jim Ruddy’s 1930 General Store Museum is a phenomenal attraction for Palm Springs visitors interested in early Americana memorabilia from the 1930s, allowing you and your guests to be transported back in time to a dynamic decade in American history. Read on below to find out more details about Ruddy’s General Store Museum in Palm Springs and what makes it one of the best places to visit in Palm Springs during your vacation!


Ruddy’s General Store Museum is a Quirky and Fascinating Attraction in Palm Springs

Ruddy’s 1930 General Store Museum is home to the best-preserved collection of American cultural materials from the 1930s—nearly one century ago! The collection has been painstakingly collected over the course of multiple decades, showcasing original American products from the 1930s in their original packaging.

Whether you were alive during the 1930s or simply wax nostalgic when it comes to notions of a quieter, quainter time in our nation’s history, Ruddy’s General Store Museum is the perfect attraction for those interested in the America of old.

The museum was born when founder Jim Ruddy combined his personal collection of unused general store merchandise, lovingly put together over the course of 35 years, with a Midwestern museum he had purchased that exhibited unused Depression Era goods that had been gathered over 40 years. Together, these two stockpiles resulted in the greatest, most complete collection of unused 1930s general store merchandise in America.

From the products to showcases, signs, and fixtures, Ruddy’s General Store Museum presents an authentic Depression Era atmosphere for visitors as they peruse the shelves. The vast majority of the products still have their original contents!

The museum is open from September through May, Thursday through Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm.


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