Welcome to Pioneers’ Museum

In the 1700s, Juan Bautista de Anza travelled through Imperial County and called his trip the “Journey of the Dead.” Yet in the years since, people have seen amazing potential in our Valley, and those people turned this little corner of the desert into a thriving oasis.

Pioneers’ Museum was created to preserve the vision and journey of those who saw that potential and worked to make our community what it is today.

From those who first brought the water that is our valley’s lifeline to the settlers who escaped the Dust Bowl and found refuge in our fields and towns to those who have served in our armed forces to preserve our way of life, we honor those men and women and hope that by telling their stories we can help residents, visitors and generations to come appreciate the accomplishments of those who came before us, avoid the mistakes of the past, and work to build a future that we can all be proud to be a part of.