You have heard the adage, “Go west, young man.” The guest service professionals at Holiday Inn Burbank slightly altered the famous quote. We prefer “Go north guests of Holiday Inn Burbank.”
Because just a few miles north of our hotel sits the stunningly beautiful Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park.
Overview of the Park
Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park is a California designated historic park located just outside of Palmdale, CA. The primary mission of the historic park involves presenting the Native American cultures of the Great Basin and nearby regions of Southern California. Artist and homesteader H. Arden Edwards designed and built the museum in 1928, Created in the chalet style of architecture, the museum stands over the Plute Butte rock formation in the vast Mojave Desert. The museum is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The museum is home to the collections of Edwards and the next owner, anthropologist, Grace Oliver. Museum exhibits present the historical artifacts of both ancient and modern Native American tribes that settled in the Great Basin. Several of the artifacts on display represent rare items found nowhere else in the world. More than 7,500 Native American artifacts greet visitors to the museum.
Two popular exhibits highlight the historical presentations at the museum. “1812-2012: A Bicentennial Celebration of Fort Ross” depicts one of the first settlements in the region to establish trade relationships with Spanish and Native American inhabitants. Settlers included Russians, Alaskans, and Californians. “A Thousand Years of Southwestern Pottery” displays a wide selection of pottery that originated between 700 AD to the first decade of the 21st century. The exhibit attracts visitors from all over the United States, especially students and instructors of Native American history.
Visitors to the California historic park have many opportunities to interact with history. Joshua Cottage features a “Touch Table” that allows visitors to grind and process corn. You also learn the technique Native Americans used to start fires. A self-guided nature trail and picnic area offer visitors a secluded place to get away from it all. Native American groups often perform traditional dances and present other types of live entertainment in the outdoor ceremonial arena. The museum also presents educational seminars, as well as sponsors Native American artists that sell their artwork near the museum entrance.
Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park opens at 11am and closes at 4pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The museum is available for hosting meetings and seminars the other four days of the week. We suggest our guests visit the museum on a Monday to avoid the crowds that flock to the historic site on Saturday and Sunday. Adults and children over the age of 12 pay a $3 admission fee. Located at 15701 E Ave M in Lancaster, California, the museum is about a 30-minute drive from Holiday Burbank. Take Interstate 5 north until you reach California State Route 14, which is also referred to as the Antelope Valley Freeway.