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.



Hours of Operation

Wednesday-Sunday    10-3pm 

Monday-Tuesday       closed


 Closed Mother's Day



Donations appreciated


The IVDM believes in being open and accessible to everyone.  Therefore, there is currently no set admission fee. We hope that you will determine the value of your visit and donate at the end of your visit.  Giving Forward like this will allow us to keep the museum open at no set fee.  





 Member of the American Alliance of Museums since 2013.

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