Now Reopen!


It's official!  On Wednesday, 4/14/21, IVDM has reopened to the public.  Due to the ongoing pandemic, our hours have been adjusted to allow staff additional time for exhibit sanitation & cleaning:

Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-3pm

All live events and public programming remain suspended until further notice, but have been moved to a virtual Zoom environment. 

Please check our "Calendar of Events" for more information.




The Imperial Valley Desert Museum is a new facility in the heart of the Yuha Desert housing Native American and historic artifacts found 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 to engage and interact outside of the limitations of the "box," our new building, both metaphorically and physically.


Hours of Operation

Wednesday-Sunday    10-4pm 

Monday-Tuesday        Closed


Admission: $5


We are currently waiving the admission fee during the development of our Phase 3: Geology Exhibit. However, we are accepting donations to allow us to continue providing exceptional events, programs, and exhibits that focus on preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the deserts of Southern California.


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 deserts of Southern California.



The Imperial Valley Desert

Museum Needs Your Help! 


The Imperial Valley Desert Museum is in the fourth year of our National Endowment of the Humanities Grant. And this is the year we need your help. This matching grant is a five year grant to build an endowment to fund two positions at the museum: a Head Curator and a Cultural Collections and Programs Manager. The museum was able to fully match this grant in 2015 and 2016 from clean energy projects, creating an endowment of over $578,000. 

Of particular importance is continuing the funding of our Head Curator position. This staff position is held by someone with archaeology or museum related experience that can guide the long-term research and preservation efforts of the museum, and the expertise to preserve, conserve, and interpret the Imperial Valley collections for our community. The Head Curator position is vital to retain the necessary expertise for collections management and preservation on staff. Every successful museum program stems from the preservation and accessibility of our local collections. 

We can use pledges to match funds this year. A pledge will get us our federal funds, and it can be paid anytime before July 31, 2020.

We are hoping you will read the Society Notes linked below and please support our grant.

Society Note: June July.pdf





 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.