• IVDM Book Club Rocky Readers - "Strangers in a Stolen Land"

    Thursday, October 27, 2022
    6:00-8:00pm

    Join the museum's very own book club! The books we will be reading will focus on local and indigenous history. Join IVDM Staff and featured moderator Richard Carrico for our reading of "Strangers in a Stolen Land: Indians of San Diego County from Prehistory to the New Deal"

    Need a copy? "Strangers in a Stolen Land" is available in IVDM's Giftshop!

    This book club will have a $10 fee for non-members and will be FREE for museum members.

    Call us at (760) 358-7016 or email us at info@ivdesermuseum.org so we can book you in!

  • IVDM Beerfest

    Join IVDM for the return of its premiere fall event: #IVDMBeerFest.

    Now in its 5th year and set under the fall desert sky, we invite you to come together and celebrate the region's brewers and innovators in a day of local beer, food, and music.

    Tickets are $35 for members, $40 for non-members and at the door. Designated driver tickets are available for $20. Food is included in the price of each ticket!

    Tickets are on-sale now through Eventbrite!

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ivdm-beerfest-tickets-40816668654

  • Octobercraft

    FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

    Saturday, October 29, 2022
    10:00am-4:00pm

    Return to your favorite haunt -- IVDM -- for this themed day of crafts, games, movies, and indoor trick-or-treating. FREE to all visitors of IVDM, it's the perfect time to show off your year's costume and eat, drink, and be scary!

  • Ocotillo Rocks

    FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

    Saturday, November 19, 2022
    10:00am-4:00pm

    Rock out with IVDM this November with the return of its 4th annual Ocotillo Rocks! Explore the mysteries of the Earth and the forces at work underfoot and underground with this day which celebrates the unique geology of Southern California through games, activities, hikes, and more.

    This event is FREE to all visitors of IVDM, with no reservations required!

  • 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

    General
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    $5