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Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the scientific, historical and cultural heritage of the Mojave Desert.

About the

Mojave River Valley Museum

The Mojave River Valley Museum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the scientific, historical and cultural heritage of the Mojave River Valley.

Through the efforts of a group of interested residents, the Museum was founded in 1964 and established as a nonprofit corporation in 1973. Donations of money, time and labor have resulted in the present Museum facility located at the corner of Barstow Road and Virginia Way.

The Museum continues to operate through the efforts of its members and by donations from the public.

Mark Your Calendars!

MRVM General Meeting:Photographer's book signing and talk. October 29 at 7 pm come and welcome Walter Feller, photographer for the latest edition of the classic Land of Little Rain, written by Mary Hunter-Austin 111 years ago.

First published in 1903, Land of Little Rain is considered by many to be one of the foundational texts in environmental writing, now studied as a classic in the literature that sought to describe the complexity of the Mojave Desert. The work of Mary Austin has allowed those who will never travel there a deep feeling for the special beauties of this unique land.

MRVM Board of Directors Meeting: We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 5 pm. Next meeting is November 5.

There are no dues or fees. Call 760-253-1200 for information.

Calico Mountains Archaeology Site: Help celebrate the Archaeological Sites 50th year of excavation. Come join us on the first weekend of November. Tentative venues will be at Barstow Community College on Saturday, Nov. 1, dinner at Calico Ghost Town on the evening of Nov.



Exhibits & Archives:

The Museum houses a series of displays and exhibits that portray the history of the Mojave River Valley from the arrival of Father Garces in 1776 on through pathfinders, pioneers, miners, railroads and the present space program.

Our archive of local area newspapers dates back to 1911 and our photo collection contains over 20,000 photos.

Location & Directions:

We are located in Barstow at 270 E. Virginia Way at the intersection of Barstow Road and Virginia Way. Exit I-15 at Barstow Road, go north two blocks then turn left.

Click here for a map

Open everyday except Christmas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is always free.

Preservation:

Join us in helping to preserve the heritage of the desert. Your membership and participation are always welcome.

Membership:

We have four levels of membership (see Membership Application). Membership benefits include receiving Desert Tailings, (our monthly newsletter,) participation in all field trips, and a 10% discount in our bookstore.


Membership Application

General Monthly Meetings

Our General Meetings are at 7:00 pm at the Museum (270 E. Virginia Way) on the last Wednesday of each month except:

    July and August: Meetings are cancelled due to our hot summers.
    November: Meeting is one week earlier than usual due to Thanksgiving.
    December: Meeting is cancelled due to the Christmas Holiday.
The Meetings feature guest speakers who cover a broad range of subjects related to our desert heritage. Meetings are open to everyone.

270 E. Virginia Way
Barstow, CA 92311
760-256-5452
e-mail:
mrvm@verizon.net

Open everyday except Christmas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is always free.

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