The Antelope Valley Indian Museum is rare and significant architecturally, historically, and culturally. The rambling building resembles a Bavarian chalet and exhibits an indirect influence from the Craftsman period in its unusual construction methods and highly artistic detailing and finishes. California State Parks acquired the building and collection in the late 1970s. Its rehabilitation required attention to vulnerable finishes and vernacular assemblies. Native stone, Joshua Tree structural columns, and hand painted panels were accounted for in the design with sensitive investigations and stabilizing measures for the harsh and variable desert climate.