Imperial Valley Desert Museum, Ocotillo

The Imperial Valley Desert Museum is a new facility in the heart of the Yuha Desert housing Native American and historic artifacts collected from within the Imperial Valley. Opening a new museum in the twenty-first century, we do not want to be seen as an exhibit within four walls, but we want to engage and interact outside of the limitations of the “box,” our new building, both metaphorically and physically. We are currently developing world-class, interactive exhibits to engage visitors with the Imperial Valley’s rich desert history.

The mission of the Imperial Valley Desert Museum is to preserve, interpret and celebrate the deserts of Southern California through outstanding collections, research, and educational programs.

Our goal is to be the foremost research and educational institution devoted to the preservation, interpretation, and celebration of the Imperial Valley desert.

In the Press

Museum Opening

Museum Waits to Finally Open: New museum evolves with the changing desert, Imperial Valley Press, April 7, 2011,0,4115667.story

Opinion: Pilot Program Gives History New Life, Imperial Valley Desert Museum, October 14, 2011,0,732183.story

Coil Clay Art Program

Children Wind Clay into Pots for Cultural Learning, Imperial Valley Press, July 28 2011,0,5137782.story

Students Learn Kumeyaay Way, Imperial Valley Press, October 12, 2011,0,3713822.story
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  • We have been trying to get by here for 20 years. My children grew up and moved out before we finally were able to catch this place open:-). So glad we did! It’s very well put together with interesting...  more »
  • Local Indian artifacts , history of the valley, often guided hikes on Saturdays and sometimes lectures Well done  more »
  • It was closed when we arrived. The grounds are very nice and clean. I dropped off a business card there. I'm a local vendor and would like to help out with the event. My name is Tami Hernandez, and I own Snow Pedlers. I serve Hawaiian Shaved ice. I also have ice cream and snacks. And can cater a full size event such as yours with an assortment of goodies. Hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos and tacos are just a few of the many things we offer.
  • So cool! In the middle of nowhere but it's got a lot of interesting stuff from the local tribes found from thousands of years ago. Had a great time while here and the curators and archaeologists that work here are very knowledgeable. Can't wait to visit again with my little ones😃

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