Antelope Valley Indian Museum SHP

State Historic Park

For comprehensive interpretive and research information and to view the Antelope Valley Indian Museum's collection, visit

We are now taking reservations for school and group tours.  For more information, click on "Museum School and Group Tours" link.

Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park is California's State Regional Indian Museum representing Great Basin Indian Cultures. The exhibits and interpretive emphasis are on American Indian groups (both aboriginal and contemporary) of the Southwest, Great Basin, and California culture regions, since Antelope Valley was a major prehistoric trade corridor linking all three of these culture regions. The museum contains the combined collections of founder Howard Arden Edwards and subsequent owner Grace Oliver. A number of the cultural materials on display are rare or one-of-a-kind objects. To view the entire museum collection, and access detailed interpretive information on American Indian cultures represented, please go to

The museum was originally constructed by homesteader/artist H. Arden Edwards in 1928. The chalet-style structure was built over an entire rock formation of Piute Butte in the Mojave Desert. The unusual folk-art structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The museum offers the visitor a unique experience.

Demonstrations and Special Events

Next to the museum is a self-guided nature trail, a picnic area, and an outdoor ceremonial arena.  Occasionally guest Indian groups perform traditional dances and other programs.  There is an Annual Celebration the first weekend of October, featuring a traditional ground blessing ceremony, American Indian dancing and music, Indian artists demonstrating and selling their work, American Indian food, and special activities for children.  The museum also sponsors periodic visiting artists and evening events.  The calendar of upcoming events can be found at

Location - Directions

The museum is located in northeastern Los Angeles County. It is 19 miles east of the Antelope Valley Freeway (State Highway 14), at 15701 East Avenue M in Lancaster. Go East on Avenue K to 150th Street East, go south on 150th for 2 miles. Turn left on Ave. M, and go east for 1 mile to the museum. Or exit Pearblossom Highway (138) at 165th Street East and travel north. Bear right as 165th turns into 170th Street East. Continue north on 170th to Avenue M. Turn left on Avenue M, and go west for 1 mile to the museum.
Latitude/Longitude: 34.7506 / -118.3583

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing

The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Museum and grounds are open weekends
    11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Special docent led tours are available Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment only.
    See Museum School and Group Tours.

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (661) 946-3055

  • Region

    Los Angeles County


    Los Angeles

  • Purchase Annual Passes


Operating Hours

Open Saturday and Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
Group tours: Thursday by reservation.
See Museum School and Group Tours.




Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park
15701 East Ave. M
Lancaster, CA  93535