About Collections

The collections at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum are acquired and preserved to serve the museum's mission...

They are held in the public trust for research, exhibition, education, and public enjoyment now and for future generations.

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s permanent collection represents California, the Mojave Desert, the Morongo Basin, and the High Desert’s unique natural, cultural, and historical elements.  The Museum cares for nearly 4,000 items which range within the disciplines of zoology, geology, botany, paleontology, entomology, archaeology, art, and history.  

Collections of Note :

  • Taxidermy specimens of native fauna by taxidermist, Salvador Bozody
  • California native gems and minerals
  • Ranching and mining implements
  • Chemehuevi, Serrano and Cahuilla basketry, pottery and stone implements
  • Pottery by High Desert Artist, Howard Pierce
  • Botanical serigraphs by Henry and Nancy Mockel

Public Access to Collections

Members of the public can request to have access to the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s collections for the purposes of research, examination, photography, or any other purpose that is educational in nature.   Please contact Vanessa Cantu, the Museum Registrar directly at vcantu@yucca-valley.org or (760) 369-7212 for related inquiries or to request an appointment.  Appointments must be made at least two weeks in advance.  Some restrictions, conditions and procedures will apply to all visitors in order to ensure the preservation and safe handling of collections.