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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: Our General Meeting is at 7 pm on March 26. Come meet Chris Christensen who is the Site Manager at the Early Man Site.

MRVM Special Event: At 2 pm on Sunday March 30 we will be hosting Kathleen Housley and Harry Rosenberg Jr, authors of Fire and Forge for a Book Signing and Tea.

MRVM Board of Directors Meeting: We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 5 pm. Next meetings are April 2 and May 7. Calico Mountains Archaeology Site: Come join us on the first weekend of every month from October to June. For more information call 479- 790-1459.

Mojave River Chapter, OSTA: Exploration Event on March 15. The next general meeting will be at the Museum on April 9 at 7 pm. Compulsive Overeaters Anonymous: Meetings are every Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Museum. There are no dues or fees. Call 760-253-1200 for information.

Barstow 4-Wheelers: Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Sizzler’s at 7 pm. Call Rick at 760- 831-0606 for more information.

Spring Encampment: April 11 thru 13 at the Goffs Cultural Center. This is a working weekend and an ideal opportunity for a visit to this cultural jewel in the desert. Call 760-733-4482 for more information.

Trona Anniversary Celebration: On March 28 thru the 30th Trona will celebrate its 100th anniversary. For more information call 760-370- 5889. See the story on page 8.

MRVM Annual BBQ: Save the date - Saturday, May 17, 2014. This will be our 48th Annual BBQ but we will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary as a Museum and we have lots of big plans. Come help us celebrate!

Mojave River Chapter, OSTA:
The next meeting will be at the Museum on April 9 at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome.

Trona Anniversary Celebration:
On March 27 Trona will celebrate its 100th anniversary, page 6.

Native American Display

Nice and New
    Katie Boyd has revamped the Native American display cases on the east side of the Museum. How clean they look with new signs and lettering. She put in up-to-date material and information. The displays are more professional. Katie’s artistic abilities come through. Thanks, Katie, for all that extra work. Come in and look.
MRVM Board of Directors Meeting:

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 5 pm and everyone is welcome to attend.

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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