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The mission of the Imperial Valley Desert Museum is to preserve, interpret, and celebrate the desert through outstanding collections, research, and educational programs.




The Imperial Valley College Desert Museum Society has been working toward constructing a new museum to house the extensive archaeological collections of the Imperial Valley Community College since the Society was incorporated as a non-profit in January of 1972. After decades of advocating, fundraising, and operating a small museum on the campus of the college, the Society developed a business plan, adopted in October 2006, and completed the construction of a brand new facility in October of 2008. In January 2011 the facility opened with the goal of being an active, community-focused museum. 





 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.