The displays were pretty nice, though a little dusty. It's an old house, and laid out in an interesting way- no cookie cutter ranch here. The front rooms with the authentic viga ceiling is maybe the best part inside, though the military displays were definitely cool. And the Flooding of Yuma room was great. The Indian pots and baskets were fascinating, too. The older gentleman who greeted us was very knowledgeable- he answered every question we threw at him with good humor and patience, though the young woman in the office talking loudly on the phone with what could only be her boyfriend was distracting, and even irritating. Outside, the gardens and exotic birds were amazing- this is the desert? Someone was preparing for a wedding, and we could totally see why they'd do it there. It was a beautiful place. We picked up a book on 'soiled doves' at their gift shop (fantastic book selection! Nothing you'd ever be able to find in a big box type book store). And next door was this funky, very cool outdoor restaurant, the Garden Cafe. The food was absolutely yummy. I haven't had a sandwich that good since Ingrid's Delicatessen in Pacific Beach closed. And the iced tea. Oh! The iced tea! Chai spice is bland compared to their spiced iced (as the waitress called it). I had to buy a pound of it to take home and make (do they do mail order? 'Cause I'm already running out). Anyway, do the Museum and the Garden Cafe. It's a great way to spend the morning or afternoon.
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