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.  

Summer Hours   

  Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am-3:00pm      

The Imperial Valley Desert Museum is an official Cooling Center for Imperial County.  We will be open during the summer from 10am-3pm Tuesday-Saturday.  Come see our latest exhibit, browse the library, put on a movie for the kids and rejuvenate in the air conditioning!

Mexicali's Channel 3 used us to help tell everyone about cooling centers, and our Director, Neal Hitch, was interviewed for the story.




Preserve, Interpret, Celebrate


  • 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.



All photographs taken by IVDM staff or used with permission by Joselito Villero and Michael Field. All rights reserved.2014.