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Antelope Valley Indian Museum

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2004 - 2017.

The artist Howard Arden Edwards built this home around the native rock. Howard Edwards along with his wife and son homesteaded 160 acres on Piute Butte and began building his home in 1928. Now five room of displays, the building began as a home with one upper room of museum displays. Edwards designed the displays in a no longer accepted means of mounting, so now the museum acts as a museum to a formerly accepted display practice. Edwards was involved with the motion picture industry and made use of this experience in his design and construction.

In the early 1940s, Grace Wilcox Oliver opened the house as the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. Grace was a student of anthropology and bought the house and remodeled it as a museum for her own collection. She operated the museum for 30 years, continually adding to the collection. The state purchased the museum in 1979. The museum concentrates on Southwestern, California, and Great Basin Indians.

The museum is open on weekends from mid-September through mid-June and is closed during the summer. The Antelope Valley Indian Museum is located 17 miles east of State Highway 14 on Avenue M, between 150th and 170th Streets East.

Front. Photo Date: 2-21-04.
Front. Photo Date: 2-21-04.
Front. Photo Date: 2-21-04.
East Side
East side. Photo Date: 2-21-04.
Ceiling. Photo Date: 2-21-04.
Main Wall
Main wall. Note stairs to upper gallery. Photo Date: 2-21-04.
Main Wall
Main wall. Photo Date: 2-21-04.
Main Wall
Main wall. Photo Date: 2-21-04.
Upstairs Original Gallery
Upstairs original gallery. Photo Date: 2-21-04.

Upstairs original gallery. Photo Date: 2-21-04.

Upstairs original gallery. Photo Date: 2-21-04.
Village to the East
Museum Setting
The Antelope Valley Indian Museum sits amid unusual rock outcroppings.
The Antelope Valley Indian Museum sits amid unusual rock outcroppings.

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