Desert Discovery Center, Barstow

Natural History Museum · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
The Desert Discovery Center is a public-run community education center located in Barstow, California. The center is staffed by the Bureau of Land Management and focuses on promoting awareness of desert life to local residents.

The Center is a partnership among the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Barstow Unified School District, Barstow Community College, Mojave River Valley Museum, City of Barstow, and Discovery Trails, a non-profit organization dedicated to the Mojave Desert.

The Center was formerly known as the California Desert Information Center, and houses the Old Woman Meteorite, the second largest meteorite in the United States.
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  • I had a lovely time at the Desert Discovery Center! It's a small but beautifully maintained museum focusing on local animal and plant species. They are active in maintaining some of the only...  more »
  • A good stop for anyone wanting to know more about the desert and the history of the region. Children will enjoy. Nice gift shop with cool things.  more »
  • I was in Barstow for a weekend for work and since there isn’t much to do I stopped by all the museums in town this is a Pretty cool little museum they have the second biggest meteorite found in the United States. They also have some turtles in a pond in the back and some tortoises as well highly recommend if your passing through great for kids.
  • Great stop to learn about the desert and visit the Old Woman Meteorite

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