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Antelope Valley Indian Museum
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Location: 15701 East Avenue M
Lake Los Angeles, California
Nearest city: Palmdale
Built/Founded: 1928
Architect: H. Arden Edwards
Grace Oliver
Added to NRHP: February 26, 1987
NRHP Reference#: 87000509

The Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park is a California state park situated on the Antelope Valley's rural eastside in northern Los Angeles County, California.

The museum represents Great Basin Native American cultures. The museum contains the combined collections of H. Arden Edwards and subsequent owner and anthropology student Grace Oliver. The exhibits represent and interpret American Indian groups, both aboriginal and contemporary, of the Southwest, Great Basin and Californian cultural regions. A number of the artifacts on display are rare or one-of-a-kind items.

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, originally used as a home (and not at that time a museum) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum offers the visitor a unique experience.

Layered clothing is advisable - especially for hikers - as a good number of winter mornings can be brisk, though the afternoons are many times quite pleasant in temperature.

The museum is located 19 miles east of the Antelope Valley Freeway (State Route 14), at 15701 East Avenue M, in Northeast Los Angeles County

Demonstrations and special events

Joshua Cottage features a "touch table" room where everyone, regardless of age, can experience food grinding and processing techniques. Or you can learn how earlier Native American groups started fires using sticks or bow drills.

Next to the museum is a self-guided nature trail, a picnic area and an outdoor ceremonial arena. Occasionally guest Native American groups perform traditional dances and other programs. There is an annual opening event each fall featuring a traditional ground blessing ceremony. There are also Native American artists demonstrating and selling their work, Native American food, and special activities for children. The museum also sponsors periodic educational seminars.

Current Status

The museum is closed indefinitely for stabilization, with plans to reopen in spring 2010. During the interim, a small collection and information are located at the Saddleback Butte State Park visitor center.

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Coordinates: 34°39′00″N 117°51′01″W / 34.650120°N 117.850213°W / 34.650120; -117.850213

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