New Traveling Exhibit

August 16-October 12



 Members: Free

Non-Members: $5

Under 12: Free


Fun Family Saturdays!

Every Saturday while Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast is here we'll have fun family activities on Saturdays.  Join us for coiled clay and more!  Children under 12 admission is free.

DSCN6066.JPG Grinding stones are for more than food!

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.



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



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.