• 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!

  • Native Voices | Native Truths: A Contemporary Experience

    Exhibit Opening Night- January 27, 2024, from 6:00PM-9:00PM

    Native Voices | Native Truths: A Contemporary Experience on display from January - April 2024. This is an in-house exhibit developed by Curational Research Fellow Ryan Pagett in collaboration with 17 indigenous artists from Southern California & Northern Baja California!

  • Jacumba Hikers: Indian Gorge Rd. to Secret Cave & Beyond

    Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 8:00AM

    This hike is a challenging adventure that begins and ends on a steep, narrow trail, but most of this strenuous, extremely rugged hike requires climbing up and down boulders off-trail.  Leaves from IVDM parking lot at 8:00 AM. We will carpool or caravan to the trailhead in high-clearance/4 wheel drive vehicles.

  • Traditional Craft Day-Tule Boats

    FREE COMMUNITY EVENT
    Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 10:00AM-4:00PM

    Tule boats were originally made by the Kumeyaay and neighboring tribes, constructed from locally sourced materials, tule must be harvested from freshwater marshes. These boats provided trade, fishing, and transportation in oceans, lakes, and rivers. Will yours float? This event is FREE to all visitors of IVDM, with no reservations required. All ages welcome!

  • February Volunteer Day

    Sunday, February 18, 2023, 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!

  • Yoga in the Yuha

    Join us for a series of rejuvenating yoga sessions amidst the serene beauty of the Yuha Desert! Led by the following talented instructors: Lissbeth Garcia, Dipa Patel, & Lauren Layton. Grab your yoga mat and get ready to unwind!

  • IVDM Lowlanders: Davies Valley-High Cliffs

    Sunday, February 25, 2024- 8:00AM

    Explore the towering vistas of its carved washes with “High Cliffs.” This INTERMEDIATE hike involves minor elevation gains and covers soft, sandy ground. Dog friendly! Leaves from IVDM parking lot at 8:00AM.

  • Community Presentation: Carol Zeigler

    FREE COMMUNITY PRESENTATION- Sunday March 10, 2024 10:00-11:00AM

    Join IVDM Staff and featured presenter Carole Ziegler, as we explore hiking and resources along the Pacific Coast Trail!

    This a FREE community event. No reservations required!

  • Ocotillo Blooms!

    FREE COMMUNITY EVENT- March 16, 2024 from 10:00AM-4:00PM

    Join us as we celebrate the desert bloom! This is a great chance to get out and experience one of the most colorful and beautiful parts of our local desert! All ages welcome!

  • Evening with an Expert: Matthew Herbst

    Saturday, April 20th, 2024 from 6:00PM-9:00PM- ALL AGES WELCOME!

    You will enjoy a delicious dinner, refreshing drinks, ask burning questions, and gain a deeper understanding of the Colorado Desert. Tickets include food & drinks!

  • Wine Tasting & Silent Auction

    Friday, May 17, 2024 from 6:00pm-9:00pm

    Join us for a fabulous evening of sipping and bidding at our 9th annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction on May 18, 2024 - cheers to good wine!

  • 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.

    Visit Us

    11 Frontage Rd
    Ocotillo, CA 92259

    Hours of Operation

    Mon-Tue
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    CLOSED
    Wed-Sun
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    10am-4pm

    Admission

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    $5