Sleep Inn On Historic Route 66
1861 W. Main St.
Barstow, CA 92311
Phone: (760) 256-1300
Fax: (760) 256-6807
Arts & Museums
This little museum in Victorville is dedicated to the story of the U.S. Route 66, on of the earliest and most popular highways in the country. Three rooms within the museum display an intriguing collection of artifacts from neon signs and road signboards to motorcycles, vintage cars and more. Also on display is a collection of photographs documenting the impact of the highway on the towns it passed through. Check website for more.
Victor Valley Museum is situated in Apple Valley at the southern tip of the Mojave Desert. This museum was founded in 1976 and offers interesting glimpses into the culture and history of the High Desert area that includes the Mojave Desert. Along with these topics, visitors can also learn about the natural history, paleontology and anthropology of this region and the geology of the terrain. All these diverse fields of study are structured into one program named as Discover Your Own Backyard. The museum displays should be of interest to locals as well as tourists who wish to understand the environs in depth.
The Big Bear Solar Observatory is operated by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The main interest is the physics of the sun, observing solar phenomena with dedicated telescopes and instruments
Although not as pretty as the images they create, the planetarium projectors at the Planetarium Projector and Science Museum are no less fascinating. A private collection of Owen Phairis, the museum features 17 different types of projectors, making it the largest collection in the world. Each of them still functions, its use demonstrated by Phairis himself, during the course their shows. Mainly travelling museum, Planetarium Projector and Science Museum can be made available to most local planetariums. Check the website for more details.
The Historical Museum offers an extensive collection of artifacts, featuring exhibits from the indigenous Serrano Indians, the gold mining era, cowboys and cattle ranching, logging, and early winter sports.
The Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park makes for an interesting visit when in Los Angeles County. It was established in 1979 and its building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum showcases the heritage and culture of aboriginal Native Americans with H. Arden Edwards' collection of artifacts and memorabilia. Also on site are nature trails and several picnic spots.