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Imperial Valley Desert Museum – Ocotillo, California

Imperial Valley Desert Museum

Imperial Valley Desert Museum

Saturday, January 23, Jim and I visited the Imperial Valley Desert Museum. It’s just south from Highway I-8 at the Ocotillo exit.

What an unexpected surprise! The museum is a first-class place, and much larger, at 10,000 square feet, than we had expected. The exhibits were as professional as any we had seen, and that even goes for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Neal Hitch, the Executive Director and person in charge, has done a really great job!

The artifacts housed and on display at the museum come from field classes conducted by the Imperial Valley College along with survey and data collection projects and private donations dating way back to the 1970s.

Native Americans have lived in the region around the museum for over 9,000 years, and originally they spoke a common language, Core Yuman which has now evolved into ten languages. Many artifacts of the early native Americans who lived in the area, and who still live in the area, today, are on display.

For those who don’t know, Imperial County has a population of 176,584. The county is an agricultural area growing 2.6 billion pounds of lettuce annually and is home to 51,000 beehives. We found that out at the museum.

Museum Exhibit

Museum Exhibit

Inside the museum, there are many exhibits which are of interest to everybody, from researchers to students to adults and to children. There is really something for everybody—even a gift shop.

Computers are available, along with telescopes and even a library for children. This is the place for a family outing.

Part of the museum is dedicated to the curation, study and preservation of artifacts. This is, of course, of prime interest, not only to scientists, but to local educational institutions, as well.

Area for study, preparation and curation of artifacts

Area for study, preparation and curation of artifacts

Internet computers and telescopes are available

Internet computers and telescopes are available

Ideas for new activities for the museum range from hikes and off-roading trips with experts, to live webcams to watch desert wildlife; designing walking trails and signs on the museum’s property.

The museum has purchased (and is still purchasing) much of the surrounding land, and will be setting up trails and other outside exhibits and activities. The Imperial Valley Desert Museum is well on its way to becoming a major site, not just locally, but for the entire state of California and beyond.

The museum has many activities. Here are some that are coming up in the very new future:

  • Saturday, February 6: FriendRaiser, Dinner with an Expert: Nicholas Clapp “ld Magic”: 5-8pm. $30 per person.
  • Thursday, February 18: State of the County address. 6:00pm On Thursday, February 18, the 2016 State of the County Address will be held at the museum. The keynote speaker will be Chairman Jack Terrazas. This is a great opportunity for the county to see the results of the work the Imperial Valley Desert Museum Society has been working toward for nearly 40 years.
  • February 26—March 6: Imperial Valley Expo, Mid-Winter Fair.

Address: 11 Frontage Rd, Ocotillo, CA 92259

Contact information:
PO Box 2455
El Centro,
CA 92244

IVDMSociety@gmail.com, (760) 358-7016, Website: http://www.ivdesertmuseum.org/

Museum Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 10-3pm Monday-Tuesday: Closed

The Imperial Valley Desert Museum Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Gift shop

Gift shop

Items being prepared in curator's area

Items being prepared in curator’s area

Interactive exhibit

Interactive exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address: 11 Frontage Rd, Ocotillo, CA 92259

 

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