• Dottie's Sponsorship Club

    Meet Dottie! IVDM recently adopted a Sonoran Desert Tortoise, we are excited to announce Dottie's Sponsorship Club is now available to help support her care and be updated on all things Dottie, including a separate monthly newsletter!

  • Drawing Room Discussions: Melissa Govea

    FREE ONLINE COMMUNITY EVENT: Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 6:00PM. Join our Far South Border North Assistant Artist, Melissa Govea for our third series of Drawing Room Discussions. Let’s explore creativity and individual expressions together!

  • Book Presentation: "Manual de la Lengua Cucapáh"

    FREE COMMUNITY EVENT- Book Presentation: Saturday, June 8, 2024 from 12:00PM-2:00PM. Join IVDM for a special book presentation with Fernando Márquez Duarte. Mr. Duarte recently published "Manual de la Lengua Cucapáh", which is an attempt on preserving the Cucapáh Indigenous Language.

  • Demonstration Day: Ceramic Creations

    FREE COMMUNITY ART CLASS: Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 11:00AM-3:00PM. Join our Far South Border North Assistant Practitioner. Amy Redfeather as she shares her expertise during a Demonstration Day featuring Ceramic Creations.

  • June Volunteer Day

    Sunday, June 23, 2024, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

    You will get to organize photos, talk with museum staff, and learn about local history! Please either call us at (760) 358-7016 or email us at curation@ivdesertmuseum.org and we will get you signed up. We look forward to working with you!

  • IVDM Rocky Readers June Book Club

    IVDM ROCKY READERS JUNE BOOK CLUB- Thursday, June 27, 2024 from 5:00PM-7:00PM, at Imperial Public Library, IVDM will be hosting a book club discussion for Nature Poem by Indigenous Author, Tommy Pico.

  • IVDM: Rocky Start to Firm Foundations

    Come celebrate 50 years of IVDM on, Friday, June 28, 2024 from 6:00PM-9:00PM. We will be hosting the opening reception for our newest exhibit, Imperial Valley Desert Museum: Rocky Start to Firm Foundations, an exhibition celebrating the history of IVDM and its original founders.

  • Demonstration Day: Mini Murals

    FREE COMMUNITY ART CLASS: Saturday, June 29, 2024, from 11:00AM-3:00PM. Join our Far South Border North Assistant Practitioner, Eustolio "Tolito" Pardo as he shares his expertise during a Demonstration Day featuring Mini Murals.

  • The Imperial Valley Desert Museum is a new facility in the heart of the Yuha Desert housing Indigenous and historic artifacts found within the Imperial Valley and surrounding region. 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" – both metaphorically and physically.

    OUR MISSION is to preserve, interpret, and celebrate the deserts of Southern California through outstanding collections, research, and educational programs.

    OUR VISION is to be the foremost research and educational institution devoted to the preservation, interpretation, and celebration of the deserts of Southern California.

    LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT We, the Imperial Valley Desert Museum, recognize our place on the traditional lands of the Kumeyaay who have been here, as they say, 'since the beginning', with a vibrant and rich history dating back over 10,000 years. The lands of Imperial and San Diego County include the traditional lands of many Indigenous groups composed of Quechan, Cahuilla, CoCoPah, Pai Pai, and Kumeyaay. Each of these groups are still present and active today.

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    11 Frontage Rd
    Ocotillo, CA 92259

    Hours of Operation

    Mon-Tue
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    Wed-Sun
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    10am-4pm

    Admission

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    $5