Victor Valley Museum, 1 blk. s. of Bear Valley Rd. at 11873 Apple Valley Rd., features exhibits about the natural and cultural history of the High Desert of the Mojave. Themed areas explain anthropology, showing basketry, pottery and jewelry; the pioneer era, featuring photos and memorabilia; and gems and minerals, including a split-in-half geode and local finds. A Hollywood exhibit showcases Westerns filmed in the area as well as objects from 20th-century movie stars Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, who are buried in Apple Valley.
Highlights include “The Victorville Mammoth,” a woolly mammoth's partial remains that were found during a 1990s housing boom, and an exhibit about seismic activity in California, complete with a video and maps of earthquake fault zones.