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: On June 25 at 7 pm come welcome Ivan Summers who will tell us about his trips with Georgie White, the “Woman of the River”. Everyone is welcome. MRVM: On June 16, sometime between 9 and 10 am, we will be receiving two Simi Dabah sculptures to install. See the article on page 6. Slash X: June 20, 21, and 22. See the story on page 5. Many members will help them celebrate! Barstow Art Guild Art Show: At our Museum from June 14 thru the end of August.

No Program Meeting in July and August.

No Desert Tailings mailed in July and August.

MRVM Board of Directors Meeting: We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 5 pm. Next meetings are July 2, August 6, and September 3. Mojave River Chapter, OSTA: The next general meeting will be at 7 pm on July 9 at the Museum.

Museum Annual Mini BBQ and Pot Luck:

September 24, 5:30 p.m. Bring guests to introduce them to the museum. We will furnish the BBQ Beef and our Famous Museum Beans; you bring a favorite dish, friends or family and table service. 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.

Route 66 Chicago to Santa Monica: Starts September 28. See the story on page 5.

Calico Mountains Archaeology Site: Help celebrate the Archaeological Site’s 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.

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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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Annual Mini-BBQ


Educational lectures

Field trips