• New Exhibit:“Maay Uuyow: Sky Knowledge”

    Come and see our newest exhibit, “Maay Uuyow: Sky Knowledge”, an in house exhibit developed by Curatorial Research Fellow Claire Deng, Education Coordinator Luis Landeros, and IVDM Director Kristin O’Lear, in collaboration with Michael Connolly, the author of Maay Uuyow: Kumeyaay Cosmology.

    “Maay Uuyow: Sky Knowledge” will be on exhibit until April 2023 so there’s plenty of time to check it out!

  • Jacumba Hikers: Myer Valley to Pinto Canyon

    This 10-mile hike begins at Mountain Springs Grade and proceeds up Boulder and Myer

    Creeks into the Jacumba Wilderness. Continue through to Myer Valley to the beginning of

    Pinto Canyon. This hike, which requires bouldering, takes us through beautiful, remote areas

    with high-desert flora.

    Saturday, January 21, 2023

    8:00am-12:00pm

    Leaves from IVDM parking lot at 8am.

  • IVDM Book Club Rocky Readers - "The Settler Sea"

    Thursday, January 26, 2023
    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 Executive Director Kristin O'Lear for our reading of "The Settler Sea: California's Salton Sea and the Consequences of Colonialism"

    Need a copy? "The Settler Sea" 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!

  • Traditional Craft Day: Pottery Painting

    FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

    Saturday, January 28, 2023
    10:00am-4:00pm

    Explore the world of paint and pigments as we invite guests to decorate their past pots. Whether you've just made yours the previous event, last summer, or last year: bring your homemade pots from our past Traditional Craft Day and give it a new look in a celebration of color.

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

  • Jacumba Hikers: Palm Groves & Torote Bowl

    Beginning at Mountain Palm Springs in Anza Borrego, this 5-mile hike will explore several of the area’s desert palm groves.  Comprised of California fan palms, the only native palm trees in the western U.S., these groves are past homes to the Kumeyaay.  En route,  

    we will hike up a steep, rocky trail to Torote Bowl to get an up-close view of the small-leaf elephant tree and dramatic views of the Carrizo Badlands.

    Saturday, February 11, 2023

    8:00am-1:00pm

    Leaves from IVDM parking lot at 8:00 am. We will caravan/carpool to Mt Palm Springs Campground. A CA State Park Day-Use permit is required (or a $10 day-use fee).

  • IVDM Lowlanders-Davies Valley: Oasis

    Did you know that even in the desert there's water and life? See for yourself on this hike, just outside the town of Ocotillo! Dog friendly!

    Sunday, January 29, 2023

    8:00am-12:00pm

    Leaves from IVDM parking lot at 8am.

  • Ocotillo Blooms!

    FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

    Saturday, March 4, 2023
    10:00am-4:00pm

    Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum as we celebrate the desert bloom! Featuring music, games, guided hikes, talks, kid-friendly activities, and a LIVE Butterfly release!

    This is a great chance to get out and experience one of the most colorful and beautiful parts of our local desert

    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.

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    11 Frontage Rd
    Ocotillo, CA 92259

    Hours of Operation

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