New Hours of Operation

Wednesday-Sunday    10-3pm 

Monday-Tuesday       closed


Work on the new exhibit will continue through the summer- artifacts to be displayed will be installed through the summer and fall. 

Cooling Center

Summer is coming! No air conditioning? Beat the heat at one of the 28 Cooling Centers across Imperial County.  

Beginning June 1, the Imperial Valley Desert Museum will once again act as an official Cooling Center for Imperial County.  For a complete list of cooling centers, check here, or here for Spanish version.


 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.




 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.