Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park

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Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park

California

(661) 946-3055

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Overview

Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park is California's State Regional Indian Museum representing Great Basin Indian Cultures.The exhibits and interpretive emphasis are on American Indian groups (both aboriginal and contemporary) of the Southwest, Great Basin, and California culture regions, since Antelope Valley was a major prehistoric trade corridor linking all three of these culture regions. The museum contains the combined collections of founder Howard Arden Edwards and subsequent owner Grace Oliver. A number of the cultural materials on display are rare or one-of-a-kind objects. To view the entire museum collection, and access detailed interpretive information on American Indian cultures represented, please go to www.avim.parks.ca.gov.

The museum was originally constructed by homesteader/artist H. Arden Edwards in 1928. The chalet-style structure was built over an entire rock formation of Piute Butte in the Mojave Desert. The unusual folk-art structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum offers the visitor a unique experience.

Map of Antelope Valley Indian Museum (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.645778, -117.845192

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Activities

  • Hiking

    Hiking is permitted on the self guided trail located next to the museum.

  • Historic Sites

    Joshua Cottage features a "touch table" room where everyone, regardless of age, can experience food grinding and processing techniques. Or you can learn about desert plant and animal resources.

    Next to the museum is a self-guided nature trail, a picnic area, and an outdoor ceremonial arena. Occasionally guest Indian groups perform traditional dances and other programs. There is an annual opening event each fall featuring a traditional ground blessing ceremony. There are also Indian artists demonstrating and selling their work, Indian food, and special activities for children. The museum also sponsors periodic educational seminars.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouragedin the picnic area next to the museum, which is sometimes host to various Indian groups performing traditional dances, and other programs.

Seasonality/Weather

The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

Directions

Driving

The museum is located in northeastern Los Angeles County. It is 19 miles east of the Antelope Valley Freeway (State Highway 14), at 15701 East Avenue M in Lancaster. Go East on Avenue K or Palmdale Boulevard and follow the signs to the museum. Or exit Pearblossom Highway (138) at 165th Street East and travel North.

Phone Numbers

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(661) 946-3055

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