• 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!

  • Open Call for Oral History - Founders Exhibit

    In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, the Imperial Valley Desert Museum (IVDM) is excited to be hosting its first Founder’s Exhibition, May of 2024!

    As part of the exhibit, We are searching for: written responses, photos, documents, audio files, videos discussing your experiences with IVDM, both past and present.

    If you have information/experiences you would like to share, please fill out Oral History form found below, OR reach out to IVDM’s Head Curator, Ryan Pagett (curation@ivdesertmuseum.org) to make an appointment for an Oral History interview.

  • Drawing Room Discussions: Melissa Govea

    FREE ONLINE COMMUNITY EVENT: Thursday, May 23, 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!

  • IVDM Rocky Readers May Book Club

    THE ROCKY READERS BOOK CLUB IS BACK! On Thursday, May 23, 2024from 6:00PM-8:00PM, IVDM will be hosting a book club discussion for Know We Are Here: Voices of Native California Resistance, edited by Terria Smith.

  • 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!

  • 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

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