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Maturango Museum

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Address: 100 East Last Flores Ave., Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Phone Number: 760-375-6900
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour

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Just arrived in Ridgefield and needed (tourist) information. This was literally an oasis, with loads of information on Death Valley on all aspects, both written and verbal... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Just arrived in Ridgefield and needed (tourist) information. This was literally an oasis, with loads of information on Death Valley on all aspects, both written and verbal. There is also a great little shop and museum within. You'll definitely leave more enriched about the desert and the local area.

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Southport, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Basically, a gift shop surrounded by a very small museum. There are interesting samples of local minerals, plus stuffed examples of local fauna. Much more interesting than it sounds. Outside, there is a garden, including a scale model of the solar System (kinda) and domes containing astronomical telescopes. Apparently they have evening sessions exploiting the dark sky potential of the... More 

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Ridgecrest, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This place is so small it's hard to give it five stars. However, if you haven't been you should go. It's only 5 bucks, so what do you have to lose?

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greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The exhibits need to be updated, but this is what I would expect from a small museum. They have exhibits on Native American history, geology, plants and for kids. The shop is very nice but could use more crafts from local desert Southwest artists (there was some). Good place to get information on the local area and the staff was... More 

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San Rafael, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The Maturango museum is located in Ridgecrest, California just outside of the China Lake Naval Ordnance Test Station. The displays show what type of life and plants are found in the surrounding desert area. They also can arrange for trips to the Petrogglyphs which are located on the Navy base where prior notice is needed to obtain admittance to the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I can't say enough about the wonders awaiting visitors to the Maturango Museum. Starting outside, there are an array of very old artifacts gathered from the surrounding desert. There are native plants with identification tags. There is a maze that can be walked. Then the visitor goes inside. There are meticulous displays of flora and fauna from the desert, a... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The exhibits were quite disappointing. I had expected more photos or exhibits about the Petroglyphs. I hate to say it but it isn't worth $5 admission, although the staff (who also look after the visitor center) was lovely and very helpful with suggestions for the area.

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Ridgecrest, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The Maturango Museum has undergone major expansion this past year and now has so much more space for exhibits and meeting areas. The Wildflower Exhibit is going on this weekend and with a bit of rain our local wildflowers have really delivered a great show!! Please visit their website and view all the new, fun and informative items in the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This museum is on the way up !.... It's a must see if you're in Ridgecrest or on your way to the West entrance of Death Valley. Exhibiting a cross section of desert floral and fauna, this expanding museum also does a great job of documenting work at the nearby China Lake navy base and the old West history of... More 

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Caliente, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Additions still being completed, but the Docent took us on a tour of the new sections, none having to do with more museum space --- but a conference room, kitchen, and docent facilities. The museum itself is very small and is comprised of stuffed animals, petrified wood, rocks, and a lot of photos and signage. There are also "petroglyph replicas".... More 

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