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!

The Wonderful Valley Called Lucerne
by Bill Lembright
7:00 pm on February 25

When Bill Mann wanted to work on his new Guidebook covering Lucerne Valley, he contacted Bill and Jan Lembright because of their longtime knowledge of their valley, and because they seemed to know almost everyone in the valley and especially those who knew the hidden treasures within a radius of over 25 to 30 miles. Bill and Jan were instrumental in making Mannís Guide to the Beautiful and Historic Lucerne Valley and Vicinity the success it was when first printed in 2002, and now selling so well that it will be on its way to a fourth printing. And to whom is this Guidebook dedicated? Those outstanding citizens of the High Desert Bill and Jan Lembright. And later who are those two people helping our Museumís President Bob Hilburn and BLM workers clean some vandalized petroglyphs? Youíre right - Bill and Jan. These two and others in their valley are helping to save this precious heritage of the Mojave Desert.

And what a heritage it is!

Lucerne Valley is filled with one-of-akind cultural, historical, and geological wonders exhibited in this virtual outdoor museum. See the column to the left for insights to the Bill Lembright talk. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.

You are invited to attend a no-host dinner with our guest speaker at Rositaís on west Main St, about 5:30. Come and join us and have dinner with the kind of desert people we like. Call the museum at 760-256-5452 for information.

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.

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


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


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

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

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