Membership & Sponsorship

Dear Friend of the Desert,

The Imperial Valley Desert Museum Board of Directors encourages you to join us in supporting the preservation of native desert tribe artifacts, and educating our community to the history, geology and culture of the Yuha desert area. By becoming a member of IVDMS, you will be able to participate in “member only” special events and Talk with an Expert dinners. You will receive priority notification of all museum activities. Your admission with a guest is free and you will receive a 10% discount on all gift shop purchases. We hope you have been able to visit the museum to see what’s been accomplished.


Introducing visitors to the museum and what you might see on a hike in the desert: grinding stones, ceramic sherds, and stone debitage that archaeologists use to recreate the area's history.

Rock Talks

Pull out panels describing a hike and its geology, where you would see the actual rock formation used as a model for each exhibit rock.

Adaptation Cases

Highlighting three of the ways Native Americans adapted to survive in the extreme landscape of the Imperial Valley.

Visible Storage

In addition to text panels digging deeper into the story of Southern California ollas are 2 monitors presenting a video on traditional Kumeyaay ceramic arts thanks to a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts.

Thank you for considering becoming an IV Desert Museum member. Your membership will support community education and activities, additional donations will support sustained funding from Endowment Fund income.

Please download the New Membership Application and mail it back to us!

Imperial Valley Desert Society-IVDMS
Make checks payable to IVDMS and mail to:

IVDMS- Imperial Valley Desert Museum Society

PO Box #2455 El Centro, CA 92244

Credit card payments accepted by telephone.

Annual Membership -$35.00

  • Member-Only Events

  • Previews of Upcoming Events & Exhibits

  • Monthly Newsletter

  • 10% off Gift Shop Merchandise

  • Membership Card

Sponsoring Membership- $100.00

  • All Member Benefits

  • $65 Museum Donation

Friend of the Museum-$500.00

  • 5 for 5 Annual Pledge

    • $500.00 donation annually for 5 years to the Endowment Fund

  • All Member Benefits

Life Membership -$1,000.00

  • All Member Benefits

  • $965 Museum Donation

Our Endowment

Our goal is to build an Endowment that will fund our staff and keep the museum open for the next 30 years and beyond! In December 2014 we won a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that means through 2019 the NEH will match all donations to our Endowment Fund! We hope you will donate or pledge to donate today to help us reach our $1 million dollar goal!