- Reservations are required for all Programs, Tours, or Classes; 48 hour cancellation notice is required.
- Reservations for tours or school groups should be made 1 – 2 months in advance.
- Minimum group size for Programs or Tours is 15 people; maximum group size is 60 people.
- School Tours available Fridays, between 9:00am-12:00pm by Appointment Only, if arriving late tours will be shortened.
- Programs and tours run 2-3 hours long.
- Non-refundable school/tour reservation deposits of $50.00 required. Please make checks payable to: Gilman Historic Ranch
- Deposits are to be received 4 weeks prior to scheduled date.
- Mail check to: Gilman Historic Ranch 1901 W. Wilson St. Banning, CA 92220
- 8 chaperones/aides allowed per school tour, $4.00 each, teachers are free.
- School groups should bring lunch, extra snack , water bottle, closed shoes and jacket.
- Store will be open from 12:30pm-1:30pm, cash/checks only.
- For more information or to make reservations for a program, tour, or class, please contact the Gilman Ranch (951) 922-9200, or (951) 218-4509.
Hours of Operation
- Closed on County Holidays
- Open every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 10:00am-4:00pm
- Friday tours by appointment only, between the hours of 9:00am and 12:00pm; open to the public from 12:00pm-4:00pm.
Hours of Operation Year Round
The Gilman Historic Ranch & Wagon Museum offers three specific programs tailored to meet the California State standards for the 3rd and 4th grade curriculum’s. These programs help make California’s history personal to each student as they explore this rich historic site. New perspectives are gained through demonstrations that bring a realism to that which is normally only read of in books, and a hands on participation creates a further desire to learn more. Note that the following three programs can be easily adjusted to match any age group or groups with special needs.
California Gold Rush Program
The discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848 accelerated the population growth to the Western United States, with a tidal wave of immigrants coming to California to seek their fortunes. Students will have an opportunity to “strike it rich” as they pan for fool’s gold (pyrite) near our spring fed stream (and “yes” they keep what they find). The Gilman Ranch is rich in history, as the students will discover while treading on remnants of the wagon trail as early gold prospectors did in 1862. Further exploration of the Ranch will include the Gilman House, several outbuildings, and the Jose Pope Adobe Ruins. Contrast between today’s life style and that of people from the 1800’s creates a lasting memory that immerses visitors in days gone by.
Fee: $5.00 per student (includes vial for gold)
Native Americans of the Pass Program
This program introduces lifestyles of the Native Americans of the San Gorgonio Pass, emphasizing their cultural and historical significance to the area. With a walk across this ancient site, students will experience the importance, to the Cahuilla, of indigenous plants for medicinal, ceremonial, dietary, and other functional purposes. Hands on opportunities abound, and students may experience grinding seeds with a mano and metate, throwing a rabbit stick, launching an atlatl dart, or drilling holes into wood with primitive hand drills. Every student will return home with a craft, as well as, memories to last a life time.
Fee: $5.00 per student (includes craft)
Gilman Ranch Tours
Tours for non-school groups start with a look through the Wagon Museum. The Westward migration, California’s past, and the varied history of the Gilman Ranch come to life through the collection of wagons and other artifacts. Other stops on the tour include the Victorian-style Gilman ranch house, original outbuildings (including the carriage house, milk shed, olive curing shed, and long barn with its blacksmith shop and tool room), Jose Pope Adobe ruins, and old stagecoach trail.