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Lancaster - Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park

15701 East Avenue M

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 

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 museum offers the visitor a unique experience.


Dave Sanders

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
I had 3 hours to kill in Lancaster. Googled local attractions, was between this and Art Museum in town. Easy to find, but a ways from city. 4 other cars while I was there (90+ mins). Perfect Dec. day. Got personal docent intro to this museum. Finished with the nature walk, grabbed some nice pics. Nice small historical park.

DubR C

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
It was beautiful☀ scenery. The 5 star rating is purely for the natural beauty and peaceful solitude you can experience as long as it is not during the hottest months😂 Check the weather and the schedule for the Museum if you wish to go there. I was passing through on a day when the Museum was closed and unfortunately did not get to see it.

Tye Lovett

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Customer service is great. Lots to see. Beautiful trails. They have a gift shop. We enjoyed it. Kinda hidden but some of the best places to explore are.

Tereza Bravo

Monday, May 7, 2018
It was great very interesting. And beautiful out there.

Debra Wilson

Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018
Out of the way but not too far, AVIM is a great little spot to visit. They hold a few funds raising events during the year, and I've participated as a vendor in their winter holiday one several years running. Great people, great place!

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