you still remember sarsaparilla, fly ribbons, Rinso, silk stockings,
Mazda lamps, Father John's Medicine and Uneeda biscuits in the old
If you remember, or wish you'd experienced, a quiter, less hurried
time, you'll find true nostalgia when you step into the General
Store Museum. It's a treasured bit of the past, conveniently located
in the heart of downtown Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive.
As you pass through the entrance, you are suddenly transported
back in time to the 1930s and early 1940s. The museum is an authentic,
lovingly re-created general store of that period.
1983 Jim Ruddy intergrated his extensive 35 year collection of general
store merchandise with a museum that he purchased in the Mid-West.
The museum had been the collection of a Depression-Era liquidator
who had kept his pick of the finest store fixtures and merchandise
in his basement for 40 years. The result is one of the largest complete
displays of unused general store merchandise in the country.
Every detail is authentic,
including the original showcases, fixtures, signs and products -
groceries, tabacco, hardware, clothing, medicines, beauty aids,
soaps and notions. More than 6,000 unused items and individual products
- 95% of them filled with their original contents - line the shelves
Here we come face to face with change. we take note of our changing
but also unchanging ways. Whether you are a collector, a history
buff, or wish to relive the "good ol' days," you will truely enjoy
a nostalgic visit to Ruddy's General Store Museum. Bring your
Open Thursday thru Sunday - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
RUDDY'S GENERAL STORE MUSEUM
221 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
The not-for-profit museum requests a small admission charge
of 95 cents per person.
No charge for children under 12.