Dear Visitors, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum will reopen to Walk-Ins on June 30, 2021 

Walk-in Access:  Wednesday – Saturday, 12:30 p.m – 5:00 p.m.

Kids Corner Access:  Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. by Appointment.

Upcoming Events


Chamber Music at the Museum

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm / Hi-Desert Nature Museum

Reopening Exhibition
Open through August 14, 2021

Salton Sea Stories

Experience the heyday of the Salton Sea through the 1962 photographs of George Mann and the story of Helen Burns, “Queen of the Salton Sea.”

The exhibit encapsulates the optimism of the Salton Sea of the 1960s. Through the recently rediscovered photos of vaudeville star-turned-photographer, George Mann, we experience the Sea as a thriving recreational area, with shores filled with camp grounds, a yacht club, sunbathers, and real estate offices selling a dream.

At the Hi-Desert Nature Museum there's something for everyone!

Mini Zoo

Meet our desert natives

Kids Corner

Come play and learn

Our Exhibits

Take a Tour

Ask the Expert

Stefanie Ritter, our resident biologist, is a wealth of information on the topic of natural science, and you can email her your questions.

If you would like an animal or plant identified, be sure to attach an image to your message.

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