Calendar of Events





Lyrids Meteor Shower & Stargazing

Hosted by Mike Rood 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

7 PM - 9 PM

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Come explore the cosmos with the staff of the museum on Sunday, April 22.  Our local star expert, Mike Rood, will host the night's journey beneath the canopy of the Lyrids Meteor Shower.  
This is a FREE & family friendly event!





IVDM's Annual Wine Tasting

Thursday, May 10, 2018

El Centro Community Center




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 Join us for the IVDM's popular annual wine tasting event! An evening of wine and music with wonderful items at our silent auction.

This event will be held at the El Centro Community Center

275 S. 1st Street, El Centro, CA


All proceeds from this event support the Imperial Valley Desert Museum Endowment Fund. IVDM Endowment Fund donations are being matched through a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant through 2019.






A series of programs held throughout the year by our Board Members, Friend-Raisers are IVDM Members-only/invitation only events.  Designed to be intimate gatherings, the programs range from classes in Native American crafts, evening lectures with experts in different fields, or behind the scenes looks at upcoming Museum exhibits.  Friend-Raisers raise funds for the IVDM Endowment Fund. 

The price of these events varies based on program costs.  All proceeds go to the IVDM Endowment Fund, to be matched 3:1 by the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant.  Due to limited availability, RSVPs are required.  Checks must be mailed to the IVDM before the day of the event.   


Youth Ceramic Art Program

Our signature program- we connect children with traditional arts through clay at fairs and during field trips.  Using the coiled clay, or paddle and anvil, method to make pottery students learn how Native Americans have been making ceramics in the Imperial Valley for the last 1,000 years.

 As the visible storage component of our permanent exhibit comes online students will be able to study the ceramic ollas held in stewardship by the Museum.  Through a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, we will enhance this program through video and oral histories.  Students will see that this ceramic tradition is alive and well today as it has existed for a thousand years.






 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.