The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is a family-oriented facility with collections and exhibits related to the desert’s unique natural, artistic and historical elements. The museum features educational opportunities for visitors of all ages, including natural history dioramas displaying wildlife in the desert, an interactive “Kids Corner” with plenty of hands-on activities, a mini-zoo with live desert creatures, a gem and mineral collection, a Native American artifacts exhibit and a fossil collection. Six rotating special exhibits are scheduled each year.
Collections of note include a comprehensive collection of Howard Pierce pottery, papers and serigraphs from Henry and Beverly Mockel, a Victorian-era collection of miniature paintings on ivory, an extensive collection reflecting the mineral resources of the local region, over 90 taxidermied specimens, and mining tools and implements reflecting the High Desert’s rich mining history. The Native American material culture collection contains objects from throughout the Western United States with concentration on Chemehuevi, Serrano, and Cahuilla cultures.