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.




 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.