Museums Working in the Public Trust
Public education, in its broadest sense, is best served not only by our schools and libraries, but also by museums. As community centers, they offer people of all ages access to our nation’s cultural and natural heritage. Museums’ special role in public education is centered on their capacity to provide the public an interactive, object-based place to better understand its community, our nation, and our world. From art museums to zoos, museums are gathering places for people to meet and spend time with family and friends.
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum
The museum has always been a family-oriented facility whith the purpose of educating residents and tourists about the desert environment. The original collections consisted primarily of gifts from the community-at-large.
For more than 50 years the Hi-Desert Nature Museum has been dedicated to helping the residents of the Morongo Basin and High Desert discover “with new eyes” the rich cultural heritage and natural history of this area. Generations of visitors of all ages have relied on the museum to inform, inspire, interpret, and entertain.