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Victor Valley Museum offers alternative entertainment for local residents

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( — With most students in the High Desert out on winter break, many parents are scrambling for new ideas to keep them entertained.

The staff at the Victor Valley Museum located in Apple Valley hopes that students and residents will keep them in mind as an entertainment option. 

Opened in 1976, the museum pays tribute to the rich history of the High Desert and its surrounding areas. 

Exhibits include Native American artifacts, animals, and geological specimens from the area.

Public Engagement Coordinator, Megan Murphy, shared helpful information about their exhibits and displays such as memorabilia from the famed Apple Valley Inn. 

“One of the things I love pointing out is the tribute to Pearl Bailey,” said Murphy. “She owned and operated a dude ranch [during the 1950s] in Apple Valley that welcomed people of color.”

In addition to celebrities that called the High Desert home, some lesser-known beings can be found there as well. 

“Most people don’t know but we actually found a mammoth here in Victorville,” said Murphy. 

The museum is operating on holiday hours from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following days; Saturday, Dec. 26 – Sunday, Dec. 29, and Thursday, Jan. 2 – Sunday, Jan. 5. They will be closed on both New Year’s Eve and New Years Day.

The museum is located at 11873 Apple Valley Rd. Admission prices are $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors/military, $2.50 for students/children. 

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