* Temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19 *
There is just as much on display outside of the museum as there is inside at the Morongo Basin Historical Society.
“Art is in the eyes of the beholder.” This statement is especially true when viewing so-called “yard art.” Is that old porcelain sink a work of art? Well, it depends on who is doing the viewing.
Scattered around the yard you will find several Simi Dabah sculptures, donated by friend and member John Epley, a bottle garden, Wink and Ginger Thornton’s hit-and-miss engines, the rusted remains of a World War II weapons carrier, and much more including… that old porcelain sink.
In 1966 a friend gave Vernette Landers a male bobcat named Impy and a year later someone gave her female bobcat named Libra. She kept Impy and Libra in the bobcat house, just off the back porch at the back of the house. The famous Linn twins, Carroll and Traverse, constructed the bobcat house using rocks from their mines. Impy and Libra went on to have nine litters, but only one of their offspring, Sissy, a female, born in 1974, survived. Impy lived to the ripe old age of Twenty and his grave is in the garden.
The Native Plant Garden allows visitors to learn about the many different and unique plants, flowers and trees that grow in the High Desert. Pick up a guidebook and follow it through our garden to learn more about our diverse flora.