Antelope Valley Indian Museum, Lancaster

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#12 of 19 in Things to do in Lancaster
The exhibits also reveal how the depiction of American Indian cultures has changed over the last 80 years.

The Storybook/Tudor Revival style building incorporates a rocky butte into the d├ęcor. In addition to exhibits, enjoy the nature trail, gift shop, and picnic area. Guided programs are available by reservation.
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  • My first visit was 3rd grade in Palmdale School. That was the only school in Palmdale and everybody went there. You had to go to Lancaster for Jr High. We had an Annual school trip to the Indian Museu...  more »
  • A super value destination. The admission and drive is worth it. A relaxing trip in local history with the unique architecture and a wealth of native American displays. the second floor is not for the ...  more »
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  • Really worth seeing, amazing buildings that the archeologist Howard Arden Edwards built, starting with the home that he built using the natural outcropping of stones of the Butte. Most of the museum and displays are not allowed to be photographed, so this small amount of photos does not begin to do it justice. There are actual artifacts used by the ancient people, families, tribes, individuals. Everything is handmade. There are stories about events, and individual retellings, explanations, geology, archeology, sociology, etc. All of Edward's collection from the peoples "Indians" that he researched for more than 50 years, living and walking in the remote, desolate, open spaces, searching, digging, watching, learning. He explain that no humans inhabited what we now know as North America until a few ten thousand years ago. Everyone migrated from somewhere else, that lived in Antelope Valley. Interesting that there are actually no native humans to North America, and the "Native American" is actually a myth - a falsehood. Grace Oliver bought the property from Edwards in 1939, turned it into a museum, and then donated it to the Republic of California in 1979 (most commonly referred to as a State).
  • The Antelope Valley Indian Museum is one of the most special historical places I have ever visited. A beautiful story, amazing artifacts, and great scenery. Next time I will take a picnic lunch or afternoon tea; to enjoy after touring the museum. There is an outdoor eating area with table and chairs. In addition to checking out the actual museum, we enjoyed taking a walk on the track that surrounds the property. The museum staff gave us a little leaflet about the surrounding area, which we could refer to as we walked around the track. The expansive views of desert landscape dotted with many beautiful buttes is breathtaking. I highly recommend a visit to this enchanting piece of history tucked away in the Mojave desert.

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