Located in Temecula, California, The Temecula Valley Museum is dedicated to preserving and educating the public about the history of valley. Its exhibits display handcrafted artifacts, cultural items, ranching and farming equipment, various documents, photographs, and other items. The exhibits address different subjects such as the culture of the Luiseno Indians, the Mission San Luis Rey period, and how the evolution of transportation affected the valley and its people. The museum houses several collections, including one dedicated towards Erle Stanley Gardner, the author of the Perry Mason mystery books.
The museum was founded in 1985 by Sam Hasson, Nancy (Hicks) Maurice, and Tony Tobin. The museum moved to a few other locations in the coming years before the current building was completed in 1999 after three years of construction.