“Attractions & Culture in Palmdale, CA”
Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park is California's State Regional Indian Museum representing Great Basin Indian Cultures. The museum houses over 8,000 objects representing 120 American Indian cultures from California, the Southwest and the Great Basin. The museum is situated on 147 acres of desert parkland with dramatic views of Joshua trees and towering rock formations. The building’s unique architecture and creative engineering earned it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Native American Heritage Commission designated Piute Butte as a sacred landscape.
Cute place hidden in the hills and rocks
The description listed is for another museum. Here is the actual description and museum website:
Howard Arden Edwards, a self-taught artist, became enchanted with the desert scenery around the buttes while visiting the Antelope Valley. He homesteaded 160 acres on Piute Butte and in 1928, Edwards, his wife and teenage son began building a home, which included a special area he called his Antelope Valley Indian Research Museum. In it he displayed his collection of prehistoric and historic American Indian artifacts, which he interpreted in a way that he thought would be instructive and entertaining for visitors. Some of his imaginative descriptions can still be seen in displays in the museum's upper gallery, his former research museum, now called California Hall.
Grace Wilcox Oliver, who had taken some courses in anthropology, purchased the property, reinforced the main building, expanded the physical facilities, and added her own artifacts. She opened the Edwards' house as the Antelope Valley Indian Museum in the early 1940s and operated it intermittently for the next three decades, gradually adding to the collections. Mrs. Oliver's approach to interpreting American Indian materials can be seen in the museum's Southwest Room.
Great museum and people. Walking path is too short. The have events there.
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Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park
- Sun, Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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